John Lanchester

Journalist and Novelist

A former editor at the publishers Penguin, John Lanchester is a member of the editorial board of the London Review of Books, and is a regular contributor to several newspapers and magazines, including Granta, the New Yorker and The Observer, for whom he was restaurant critic, and the Daily Telegraph, for whom he writes a weekly column. His first novel, the highly acclaimed The Debt to Pleasure (1996), is the erudite and unorthodox autobiography of sinister gourmet Tarquin Winot. It won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Betty Trask Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, and an American prize, the Julia Child Award for 'literary food writing'. The novel has been translated into 20 languages.

His second book, the novel Mr Phillips (2000), is an interior monologue narrating the inner thoughts and fantasies of a redundant 50-year-old accountant. Fragrant Harbour (2002), set in Hong Kong, was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction).

John Lanchester's most recent works are a book of memoir, Family Romance (2007); three books of non-fiction Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay (2010), What We Talk About When We Talk About the Tube: The District Line (2013) and How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say-And What It Really Means (2014); and the novel Capital (2012).