John Lanchester’s banker father hated talking about money. His career advice? Do what you love while you’re young; worry about earning a living later. And so Lanchester junior became a writer -- a successful one.
A London banker with silk underpants who risks going broke if his bonus is less than 1 million pounds. An artist named Smitty who thrives on anonymous graffiti and stunts. Pakistani shopkeepers, a Polish builder, and a gangly Senegalese soccer star.