As part of our Best Books of 2012 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.

capital jacket john lanchester

John Lanchester’s latest has been called “the British Corrections” and though Capital focuses on the varied residents of a London street, rather than a single family, this closely observed, socially aware novel earns the comparison. Set just before the 2008 economic crash, this engrossing, Dickensian tale takes on terrorism, immigration and the nouveau riche with aplomb.

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