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Capital - John Lanchester

Capital - John Lanchester

Title: Capital

Author:  John Lanchester

ISBN:  9780571234608

Weight:  990g

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Capital by John Lanchester

Pepys Road: an ordinary street in the Capital.  Each house has seen its fair share of first steps and last breaths, and plenty of laughter in between.  Today, through each letterbox along this ordinary street drops a card with a simple message: We Want What You Have.

At forty, Roger Yount is blessed with an expensively groomed wife, two small sons and a powerful job in the City.  An annual bonus of a million might seem excessive, but with second homes and nannies to maintain, he’s not sure he can get by without it.

Elsewhere in the Capital, Zbigniew has come from Warsaw to indulge the super-rich in their interior decoration whims.  Freddy Kano, teenage football sensation, has left a two-room shack in Senegal to follow his dream.  Traffic warden Quentina has exchanged the violence of the police in Zimbabwe for the violence of the enraged middle classes.  For them all, this city offers the chance of a different kind of life.

Peer & Press Reviews

John Lanchester’s pacy novel Capital perfectly captures the zeitgeist of London on the cusp of the crash and after the mad house prices, the egregious bankers and their wives, the Polish builders, Zimbabwean parking attendants, vapid conceptual artists and wannabe jihadis.

Andrew Neather, The Standard (Books of the Year)

This is an intelligent and entertaining account of our grubby, uncertain, fragmented London society that has almost replaced religion with shopping.  Read it.

Claire Tomalin, Observer

Brimming with perception, humane empathy and relish, its portrayal of this metropolitan miscellany is, in every sense, a capital achievement.

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Capital
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes Specsavers National Book Awards 2012 – shortlist (UK author)
Media adaptation Capital has been adapted as a three-part TV drama that premiered on BBC One in November 2015.
Book Stats
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780571234608
ISBN 10: 0571234607
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 577
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 161 x 40mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Coll McDonnell
Jacket design: Faber
Jacket illustration: Tom Berry

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