The residents of Pepys Road, London - a banker and his shopaholic wife, an elderly woman dying of a brain tumour, the Pakistani family who run the local shop, the young football star from Senegal and his minder - all receive anonymous postcards with a simple message: We Want What You Have. Who is behind it? What do they want? As the mystery of the postcards deepens, the world around Pepys Road is turned upside down by the financial crash and all of its residents' lives change beyond recognition over the course of the next year. From the bestselling author of Whoops! and How to Speak Money comes a post-financial crisis, state-of-the-nation novel told with compassion, humour and unflinching truth.
From the bestselling author of Whoops! and How to Speak Money, Capital by John Lanchester is a moving, funny, and keenly insightful story of London on the brink of the financial crisis.
Shortlisted for Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2012.
John Lanchester was born in Hamburg in 1962. He has written three novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips and Fragrant Harbour, and two works of non-fiction: Family Romance and Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, a book about the global financial crisis. He is married, has two children and lives in London.