John Lanchester


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3 January 2013
ISBN: 9780571234622
592 pages

From the publisher

** From the author of The Wall ** 'Effortlessly brilliant . . . hugely moving and outrageously funny.' Observer 'A treat to read.' The Times 'The great London novel of the twenty-first century.' New Statesman 'Brimming with perception, humane empathy and relish . . . a capital achievement.' Sunday Times A moving, funny and insightful story of one London street, its inhabitants, and a world-changing event. 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. Adapted into a major BBC One drama.