Faber to publish John Lanchester’s new novel The Wall 

Faber is delighted to be publishing The Wall by the bestselling author of Capital, John Lanchester, in January 2019. Faber acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, plus EU, excluding Canada, from Caradoc King at United Agents.

The Wall
 is a thrilling and hypnotic work of fiction: a mystery story, a love story, a war story and a story about a voyage.

Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this: 729 more nights.

The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it. He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else.

The Wall 
is a novel about why the young are right to distrust the old. It’s about a broken world you will recognise as your own – and about what might be found when all is lost.

Stephen Page says: ‘There’s no living writer like John Lanchester. Each novel arrives with its own world of ideas and concerns, woven into a compelling and accessible narrative. Readers will discover that The Wall is prophetic, affecting, and a compulsive read. We are so proud to be publishing it.’


John Lanchester is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He has written four novels, The Debt to PleasureMr PhillipsFragrant Harbour and Capital, and three works of non-fiction: Family Romance, a memoir; and Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, about the global financial crisis and How to Speak Money, a primer in popular economics. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the E.M Forster Award and the Premi Llibreter, been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and been translated into twenty-five languages.

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