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John Lanchester

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Patricia Lockwood and John Lanchester: No One Is Talking About This

London Review Bookshop Podcast

Patricia Lockwood was in conversation about her new book, No One Is Talking About This (and a lot else besides) with fellow LRB contributing editor, John Lanchester. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


24 Mar 2021

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S3 Ep22: John Lanchester, novelist

In Writing with Hattie Crisell

This week, John Lanchester joins me from his writing shed at the bottom of the garden. John has just published a new collection of spooky short stories – Reality & Other Stories – and has also written five novels, including Capital (which became a BBC series) and The Wall. He's a winner of the Whitbread First Novel Prize and the E.M Forster Award, among others, and is also a journalist and writer of non-fiction. He talks about writing his first few books on index cards; why fact is allowed to be more outlandish than fiction; and how to cope when you're in the 'tunnel' of a manuscript and not entirely confident you can reach the other side. To buy John's books, or browse some of my recommended books on writing, visit https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/in-writing – your purchases support independent booksellers, and help me to keep making this podcast. This episode is sponsored by Papier. Listen out for a discount code for 15% off your first order. And to continue the conversation about writing, come and find me on Twitter (@hattiehattie) or Instagram (@hattiecrisell), or share your thoughts with the hashtag #InWriting.


5 Feb 2021

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The State of the UK: Fintan O'Toole, John Lanchester & Martina Fitzgerald

First Thought

Our nearest neighbour seems to be in an ongoing state of division and uncertainty for the last number of years, a situation which has been further exacerbated by the COVID–19 pandemic. With the arrival of Brexit, where to next for an increasingly disunited kingdom? John Lanchester, novelist and journalist, known for explaining the 2007 financial crisis to us all and Fintan O’Toole, one of Ireland’s best–known journalists, known for explaining Brexit and its roots to us all, are joined in conversation by Martina Fitzgerald, author of Madame Politician, a study of Irish female politicians. This First Thought Talk was recorded in September 2020 as part of Galway International Arts Festival's Autumn Edition. First Thought Talks are presented in association with Festival Education Partner NUI Galway. 

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20 Jan 2021

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Inheritance Tracks

JS Bach, Partita no. 1 in B flat major and Hong Kong Garden by Siouxsie and the Banshees


28 Nov 2020

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Armando Iannucci and John Mullan on Dickens; John Lanchester; new Black British writing

Books and Authors

Armando Iannucci and John Mullan on Dickens; John Lanchester; new Black British writing


18 Oct 2020

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John Lanchester and Sam Kinchin-Smith: Reality and Other Stories

London Review Bookshop Podcast

Novelist, memoirist, essayist and contributing editor to the LRB John Lanchester sets out to chill you to the virtual bone with his first ever collection of short fiction Reality and Other Stories (Faber). As if modern life weren’t unsettling enough, Lanchester makes it even more so with tales of haunted mobile phones, selfie sticks with demonic powers and other stories of technology gone horribly, horribly wrong in this retread of M.R. James for the Zoom generation.As we prepare for what might be the strangest Hallowe’en in living memory, John Lanchester discussed the uncanny with the LRB’s head of special projects Sam Kinchin-Smith.Buy the book from us here: https://londonreviewbookbox.co.uk/products/reality-and-other-stories-by-john-lanchester See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


14 Oct 2020

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Where does Fiction come from: Elizabeth Gilbert, Leïla Slimani, Avni Doshi, John Lanchester, Howard Jacobson, Damian Barr

Jaipur Bytes

A live session from #JaipurLitFest2020. Elizabeth Gilbert, Leila Slimani, Avni Doshi, John Lanchester and Howard Jacobson in conversation with Damian Barr.


13 Apr 2020

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123. Beyond the Wall, with John Lanchester

Skylines, the CityMetric podcast

This week it’s another live episode, of sorts. In early April I was lucky enough to chair an event at the Cambridge Literary Festival with the journalist and novelist John Lanchester. John was mostly there to promote his latest novel, The Wall, a “cli-fi” book about a Britain trundling on after catastrophic climate change has wiped out much of the planet. In the past he’s also written about other vaguely CityMetric-y topics like the housing crisis and the tube - so he’s a guest I’ve been hoping to get on for a while, and was kind enough to allow us to record our chat for posterity and podcasting purposes.Incidentally, I didn’t find a way of turning the conversation to the tube. We do lose ten minutes to talking about Game of Thrones, though.Skylines is the podcast from the New Statesman’s cities site, CityMetric. It’s hosted by Jonn Elledge. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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25 Apr 2019

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The B&N Podcast

Today on the B&N Podcast, we talk with the author of such fascinatingly varied works as Capital, Fragrant Harbor, The Debt to Pleasure and IOU. With The Wall, John Lanchester looks into a startlingly near but radically altered future, one in which a nameless island nation has built a mighty barrier to keep out both would-be immigrants and rising waters. It's a fable of both exploration and warning, one that pushes its readers to join its author in trying to imagine a tomorrow whose conditions may soon be a matter of headlines rather than fiction.  When he sat down with us in the studio, John Lanchester explained how was the first time a book idea had ever grown so directly out of his unconscious mind.


3 Apr 2019

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73: John Lanchester: The Wall

Town Hall Seattle Arts & Culture Series

With the U.S. still in the shadow of a potential border wall and the fraught discussions surrounding Brexit still circulating among headlines, journalist and novelist John Lanchester presented us with a satirical and frighteningly timely new novel—The Wall. The story follows Joseph Kavanagh, a Defender on the enormous concrete wall his island nation has built to keep the Others—desperate souls trapped outside the wall amid the rising seas—at bay. We follow him through the cold, loneliness, and fear that arise as he tries to fulfill his duties, we share in the contemplations of the consequences of his post, and we witness the dark part of him that wonders if it might be more interesting if something really did happen to him in the line of duty. Sit in with Lanchester for a compelling reflection on the issues of our time—rising waters, rising fear, rising political division—and a suspenseful story of love, trust, and survival. John Lanchester is the author of five novels, including the best-selling Debt to Pleasure and Capital, as well as several works of nonfiction, including I.O.U. and How to Speak Money. His books have won the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and a regular contributor to The New Yorker. Listen to an exclusive interview with Town Hall correspondent Katy Sewall and John Lanchester on In The Moment, Episode 29.  Recorded live at Seattle University by Town Hall Seattle on March 20, 2019. 


2 Apr 2019