John Lanchester on The Wall, with Razia Iqbal
“Walls were coming down around the world – now they’re springing up”
John Lanchester discusses his latest novel, The Wall.
‘A dystopian distillation of our troubled times, and an allegorical glimpse at a still-grimmer future, The Wall reminds us that even as politics corrupts and destroys and presses on undiminished, the soul erupts in surprising places to act as counterpoint and resistance’ Joshua Ferris
‘John Lanchester writes with such clarity and effectiveness that his prose is a pleasure I always look forward to. His previous novels have all been memorable evocations of the world we’re familiar with, but The Wall is something new: almost an allegory, almost a dystopian-future warning, partly an elegant study of the nature of storytelling itself. I was hugely impressed by it.’ Philip Pullman
John Lanchester is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He has written four novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips, Fragrant Harbour and Capital, and three works of non-fiction: Family Romance, a memoir; Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, about the global financial crisis; and How to Speak Money, a primer in popular economics. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the Premi Llibreter, been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and translated into twenty-five languages.
Razia Iqbal is one of the main presenters of Newshour, the flagship current affairs programme on the BBC World Service. She also presents the World Tonight on Radio 4, and Witness on the News Channel. She used to be the BBC arts correspondent for ten years, and has worked at the BBC for 30 years.
7pm, 27th March at Dulwich Books
Tickets: £10 Standard | £22 with a copy of The Wall.
A glass of wine or soft drink included.