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Blocked out: John Lanchester’s new novel imagines a very British dystopia

In The Wall John Lanchester takes an imaginative leap into Britain’s future to dramatise anxieties about inequality, mass migration and climate change

John Lanchester's new novel imagines a walled Britain

John Lanchester's new novel imagines a walled Britain

What might be the consequences of our obsession with consumption, and of global inequalities and mass migration? In The Wall John Lanchester takes an imaginative leap into Britain’s future to dramatise such anxieties.

Lanchester’s previous novel, Capital, humanely satirised the financial excesses of London, where a lucky few depend on the labour of recent immigrants. The Wall moves beyond satire into full-on dystopia. An enormous wall has been built around Britain to keep out…

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