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October book of the month - Whoops! by John Lanchester


John Lanchester

With child benefit cuts all over Talk, and widespread worry about what the government's spending review on 20 October will bring, we thought there could be no better time for a highly topical book club webchat on 2 Nov at 8pm with John Lanchester, author of our October Book of the Month: Whoops! Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay.

Watch John talking about bankers

As he puts it: "We are, to use a technical economic term, screwed." So what went wrong? In Whoops!, you'll find the clearest, cleverest and wittiest explanation of what really happened - and what the hell happens next.

John Lanchester is a British journalist, novelist and winner of the Whitbread Book Award. His highly acclaimed novels include The Debt to Pleasure and Mr Phillips. He writes regularly for the New Yorker and the LRB, and has a monthly column in Esquire.

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John began researching the economic crisis as background to a novel, but soon realised he'd stumbled upon the most fascinating story he'd ever found. The result is, as the Independent put it, 'bang on the money'.

Here are just a few of his reviews, including a few from familiar book club authors:

  • 'Endlessly witty...will turn any reader into an expert within the space of 200 pages' Jonathan Coe
  • 'A piece of genius' India Knight
  • 'Explains with casual wit and total clarity why everything went wrong' Colm Toibin
  • 'For anyone wondering what the hell those bankers did with our money, try John Lanchester's deliciously excoriating Whoops!' Allison Pearson
  • 'Explains the crisis in a way that actually sticks... to my amazement I finally grasp it' The Times

John is joining us from 8-9pm on Tuesday 2 November. Hope you can, too.

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