John Lanchester | 'The issue about betrayal is who gets to define it'

John Lanchester | 'The issue about betrayal is who gets to define it'

John Lanchester’s previous novel, the bestselling Capital (2012), was a state-of-the-nation novel set on a single gentrified street in London, a city on the brink of the financial crisis. As Colm Tóibín put it: "Capital comes in a great tradition of novels which are filled with the news of now, in which the intricacies of the present moment are noticed with clarity and relish and then brilliantly dramatised."

In his long-awaited new novel The Wall (Faber, Janauary), Lanchester turns his attention from the present moment to the very near future and a world that is recognisably ours, yet i...

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