John Lanchester has led a varied career as a football reporter, obituary writer, book editor, restaurant critic, and deputy editor of the London Review of Books, where his pieces still occasionally appear. He has also contributed to Granta, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker. His first novel, The Debt to Pleasure, won four literary awards (including the coveted Whitbread First Novel Award and the Hawthornden Prize) and was longlisted for the Booker Prize.
His most recent books include an analysis of the financial crisis entitled Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay and Capital, a novel.