It’s 2008, and things are falling apart: Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going under, and the residents of Pepys Road, London - a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman dying of a brain tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners and a shadowy refugee who works as the meter maid, the young soccer star from Senegal and his minder - are receiving anonymous postcards reading "We Want What You Have." Who is behind it? What do they want?
"Wonderful characters, great story"
How to Speak Money reveals how the language of money is often a tool to conceal and mislead; he explains hundreds of common economic terms, from GDP to the IMF, amortization to securitization to collateralized debt obligation; and he argues that we all need to speak money lest those who do write the financial rules for themselves.
"Broker! I hardly hedged her."
The wildest story in the world these days is not fiction; it's what's really happening all around us as the world's global economy has gone into freefall. How did we get here? What does it all mean? How could so many smart people be so dumb and believe their own hype? Accessibly, cleverly, and with mordant humor, journalist John Lanchester trots the globe in search of the answers to these questions.
"Economics for dummies"
Pepys Road: an ordinary street in the Capital. Each house has seen its fair share of first steps and last breaths, and plenty of laughter in between. Today, through each letterbox along this ordinary street drops a card with a simple message: We Want What You Have.
"Wonderful slice of London life"
In 2000, the total GDP of Earth was $36 trillion. At the start of 2007 it was $70 trillion. Today that growth has gone suddenly and sharply into decline. John Lanchester travels with a cast of characters - including reckless bankers, snoozing regulators, complacent politicians, predatory lenders, credit-drunk spendthrifts, and innocent bystanders, to understand deeply and genuinely what is happening and why we feel the way we do.
Tom Stewart leaves England just before the Great Depression to seek his fortune and find it running Hong Kong's best hotel. Sister Maria is a beautiful, uncompromising Chinese nun whom Stewart meets on the boat out from England; their friendship spans decades and changes both their lives. Dawn Stone is an English journalist who becomes the public face of money and power and big business. And Matthew Ho is a Chinese entrepreneur facing difficulties and opportunities in the twenty-first century.
"Fascinating, entertaining and informative"
Family Romance is a beautifully written memoir in which John Lanchester joins the dots of his parents' history, their extraordinary secrets, and the shape of their shared life. From his grandparents' beginnings in rural Ireland and colonial Rhodesia, Lanchester navigates through his parents' lives: his father Bill's devastating war-time separation from his parents; his mother Julia's tragic first love, her decision to become a nun, and her adoption of a new identity.
Großstadtleben in Zeiten der Finanzkrise: Jedes Haus in der Südlondoner Pepys Road hat viel Glück, Liebe und Leid gesehen. Anhand der Leben der Bewohner dieser mehr oder weniger normalen Straße zeichnet John Lanchester ein hochaktuelles Panorama unserer Gegenwart. Alles geht seinen gewohnten Gang, bis an einem ganz normalen Tag bei den stolzen Eigenheimbesitzern dieser Straße eine merkwürdige Nachricht im Briefkasten liegt: "Wir wollen, was ihr habt."
"Motown Down", by John Cassidy; "Still Packing", by Larissa MacFarquhar; "Daughters of Texas", by Jeffrey Toobin; "O.K., Glass", by Gary Shteyngart; "1979 And All That", by John Lanchester; "All My Sons", by James Wood; and "Young and Restless", by David Denby.
"Greece vs. The Rest", by John Lanchester; "Fluid Ounces", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "The Second Term", by Ryan Lizza; "Benched", by Jill Lepore; and "That’s Life", by David Denby.
"Learning by Degrees", by Rebecca Mead; "Party Games", by John Lanchester; "National Defense", by Hampton Sides; "Hot Wings: Notes on My Next Best-Seller", by Larry Doyle; and "Extreme Solitude", by Jeffrey Eugenides.
"Five to Four" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Monument" by William Finnegan; "Boy with Dog" by Dana Goodyear; "A Drug on the Market" by James Surowiecki; "The General's Report" by Seymour Hersh; "The Naked and the Dead" by John Lanchester; "Dead in the Water" by Nancy Franklin; and "Discoveries" by Anthony Lane.