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Notable: For London Olympics, three new books with glimpse of Britain

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A green and pleasant land

With the Olympics in full swing, here are three new or upcoming books with penetrating looks at contemporary Britain.

Capital (W.W. Norton) by John Lanchester is a gripping, epic novel set in London during the 2008 financial crisis, with a cast that ranges from a banker and his shopaholic wife to a refugee working as a meter maid.

Lionel Asbo: State of England (Alfred A. Knopf) by Martin Amis is an exuberant satire of celebrity culture focusing on the adventures of its title character, a thug who wins a million-pound lottery, and his confused young nephew.

A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys Through Urban Britain (Verso) by Owen Hatherley is a "radical travelogue" by a culture and architecture critic that assesses the dire effects of more than a decade of drastic public-sector cuts on the British architectural environment.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: For London Olympics, three new books with glimpse of Britain 08/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 4, 2012 4:32am]

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