John Lanchester is a prolific author and journalist and he will launch the paper-version of his latest offering Capital on 7 February 2013 at Firth Hall, University of Sheffield. A writer of both fiction and non-fiction, his books have given brilliantly incisive accounts of the financial crisis and have received wide-spread critical acclaim. The Debt to Pleasure and Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay have topped best seller lists, the former winning the Whitbread First Novel Prize in 1996. The hardback version of Capital, published just under a year ago, has been equally well-received.
John’s commentary on the financial crisis has been both interesting and worrying. In a recent essay published in the London Review of Books he concludes with this summary:
“The British economy makes an extraordinarily complicated picture. We have an economy which is either flatlining or going into an unprecedented triple dip, but is rapidly growing jobs; we have brutal cuts in government spending, while government spending continues to rise; we have a country where things feel as if they’ve been bad for a long while, and yet on the figures, most of the hard times are still ahead. The Mayans were wrong to believe that the world would end in December 2012, but on the other hand, they were right to think that things would look pretty grim”
The event promises to be just as insightful, with introductory talks from Mick Moran (Professor of Government, Manchester Business School) and Sue Vice (Professor of English Literature, University of Sheffield), John’s own talk about his books and of course – the chance to ask your own questions of John.
Should you like to buy a copy of the thought-provoking novel Capital, copies will be available for purchase, and you can even have one signed!