John Lanchester was born in Hamburg in 1962. He has worked as a football reporter, obituary writer, book editor, restaurant critic, and deputy editor of the London Review of Books, where his pieces still appear. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He has written four novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips, Fragrant Harbour and Capital and two works of non-fiction: Family Romance, a memoir; and Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, a book about the global financial crisis. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Prize, E. M. Forster Award, and the Premi Llibreter, been longlisted for the Booker Prize, and been translated into 25 languages.
Caitlin Moran was born in 1975 and is a writer, critic, broadcaster and columnist. At 15 she won the Observer’s Young Reporter of the Year and by16 she’d joined Melody Maker, the music weekly. At 18, she presented the pop show Naked City on Channel 4. She went on to become a columnist at The Times, both as a TV critic and the Friday column ‘Celebrity Watch’, winning the British Press Awards Columnist of the Year 2010, and Critic and Interviewer of the Year 2011. She has written three books; The Chronicles of Narmo, the award-winning How To Be a Woman and most recently, Moranthology.
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