John Lanchester was born in Hamburg in 1962, grew-up in Hong Kong and was schooled in Britain. He has worked as a football reporter, obituary writer, book editor, restaurant critic, and deputy editor of the London Review of Books, where his pieces still appear. He is also regular contributor to The New Yorker. He has written four novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips, Fragrant Harbour and most recently Capital, a post-economic-crash British state-of-the-nation novel that tells the stories of the residents of Pepys Road. He is also the author of two works of non-fiction, Family Romance, a memoir, and Whoops!: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No one Can Pay, a book about the global financial crisis. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Prize, E M Forster Award, and the Premi Llibreter, been longlisted for the Booker Prize, and been translated into twenty-five languages. John is married with two children and lives in London.