By John Lanchester
Faber and Faber; February 2012
Set in south London, John Lanchester describes the lives of the people who live in Pepys Road, built for lower middle-class families in the late 19th century. Now, however, the house prices in Pepys Road have skyrocketed, and so those who live there have become rich, those who are coming to live there are all ready rich. There is Roger Yount, an investment banker, Zbiegniew, a Polish builder, Matya, a Hungarian nanny,Freddy Kano, a young Senegalese professional footballer and the Kamals, a British Pakistani family who run the corner shop.
John Lanchester was born 25 February 1962 in Hamburg, Germany. He spend his early childhood years in the far east, mainly Hong Kong, before returning to England. Here he attended Gresham's School, Holt and later he studied at St John's College, Oxford.
After he finished his studies, John Lanchester started to write for several newspapers and magazines, among them Granta, the New Yorker and The Observer, (for whom he was the restaurant critic) and the Daily Telegraph. His first novel, The Debt to Pleasure was published in 1996 and it won him number of awards, including the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Betty Trask Prize. Later he wrote: Mr Phillips, (2000) Fragrant Harbour, (2002) Family Romance,(2007) Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay(2010).
John Lanchester is married to the biographer, Miranda Carter. They have two sons and live in south London.
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