For our book club meeting on Wed 6 June, we read Capital by John Lanchester.
Pepys Road: an ordinary street in the capital. Each house has seen a hundred years of fortunes made and lost, of hearts broken, of first steps and last breaths. One day in early December 2007, a card with a simple message drops through each letterbox: We Want What You Have.
At forty, Roger Yount is blessed with an expensive life, a stalled marriage and a job in the City. His hoped-for Christmas bonus of a million pounds might seem lavish, but with second homes and nannies to maintain it’s starting to look more like a necessity.
Smitty, bad-boy provocateur of the art world, is maintaining the delicate balance of success and anonymity. Sipping a triple-shot cappucino in his Shoreditch workshop, he considers his next site-specific conceptual piece, Bloody Great Hole.
Elsewhere in the capital, Zbigniew has come from Warsaw to indulge the affluent in their interior decoration whims. Freddy Kamo, teenage football sensation, has left a two-room shack in Senegal to follow his dream. Traffic warden Quentina has exchanged political activism in Zimbabwe for encounters with enraged motorists. For them all, this non-stop city offers the chance of a different kind of life.