John Lanchester

(b. 1962)

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(1962– ),

novelist, born in Hamburg, brought up in the Far East, and educated in England. His prize‐winning first novel, The Debt to Pleasure (1996), is a tale of good food, with elegant gourmet Tarquin Winot wickedly recounting the stories of his life as he takes a drive across France, complete with recipes, wit, and a little murder. This was followed by Mr Phillips (2000), in which an everyman accountant has lost his job and, rather than telling Mrs Phillips, decides instead to take a truant day off, only to find himself caught up in a bank robbery, a park‐bench conversation with a pornographer, and more besides. Lanchester's third novel, Fragrant Harbour (2002), tells the linked stories of four characters, English and Chinese, in Hong Kong over the course of the 20th cent.

Subjects: Literature.

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