Capital by John Lanchester

Capital by John Lanchester


Welcome to Pepys Road, London home to a whole spectrum of people from all walks of life.  There’s an elderly woman at number 42, a Pakistani family who run the local shop at number 68, and a young football star at number 27. But that’s London for you, if you afford to live there, you’re welcome. What really kick starts this novel is mysterious postcards dropped through their door saying “We Want What You Have”.

This book is ridiculously satisfying as we get to indulgence our voyeuristic tendencies and peep into each of the resident’s lives. Who would want what they have? The grass may be greener on the other side but would you want to be dying of a brain tumour, subjected to racism every day or be taken from your home? And that’s just three of the residents.

The whole street is full of flawed humans trying to keep up appearances. Even the foreign residents embrace the British way of Keep Calm and Carry On. The author has perfectly captured each of these unique voices and their struggles. It is humorous and heart breaking journey into today’s London. A roller-coaster of a read in glorious Technicolor.