John Lanchester’s Capital: Podcast and book club guide.

The Audio Book Club Invests in Capital

The Audio Book Club Invests in Capital

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Aug. 3 2012 4:15 PM

The Audio Book Club on Capital

Our critics take on John Lanchester’s big London novel.


Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of Capital, click the arrow on the player below.

Just in time for the Olympics, Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, Slate editor Emily Bazelon, and Slate Brow Beat editor David Haglund discuss John Lanchester’s novel of contemporary London, Capital. Expanding on his review in the SBR, Kois defends the novel as a lively, thoughtful read that entertainingly portrays a cross-section of British society. Bazelon and Haglund, on the other hand, think the novel’s overpraised, overwrought, and not nearly as fun as Kois claims it is.


Next month’s Audio Book Club selection is Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s literary thriller about a modern marriage gone (murderously?) wrong. Take a copy of Gone Girl on vacation, stay up until 2 a.m. reading it like everyone else, and join Kois, Bazelon, and Slate critic Meghan O’Rourke for our discussion on Sept. 7.

Visit our Audio Book Club archive page for a complete list of the more than 50 books we’ve discussed over the years. Or you can listen to any of our previous club meetings through our iTunes feed or through the player below.

Podcast produced by Dan Pashman and Andy Bowers.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones.

David Haglund is the literary editor of 

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.