Jonathan Coe

Inspired by David Nobbs' superlative The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin , Jonathan Coe set about capturing his cool, dry wit in 1987’s The Accidental Woman, but it took 1983’s effortless Thatcherite satire What a Carve-Up! to truly establish Coe as the pre-eminent chronicler of British suburban anxiety. Funny but pointed, over a series of sometimes interconnected novels Coe’s wry grasp of politics and class conflict have placed him in a similar sphere to both David Lodge and Malcolm Bradbury but without their usual reliance on academia as a dramatic device.

Jonathan Coe scored another hit with 2001’s The Rotter’s Club – a novel that drew deep on Coe’s teenage school years in the fringes of Birmingham – and in subsequent stories has tangentially explored characters and situations common to both titles. 2018’s Middle England pulls many of these narrative and thematic strands together.

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Exhuming his coterie of recurring characters, Jonathan Coe unleashes a wry, mercilessly funny novel of modern Britain and the madness of Brexit. Whilst his pen is frequently savagely satirical, Coe is a keen observer of human foibles and there is an empathy and affection for his protagonists here that offsets the darker political content.
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Middle England
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The Closed Circle
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Number 11
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What a Carve Up!
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The Rotters' Club
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Mr Wilder and Me
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The House of Sleep
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A Touch of Love
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The Dwarves of Death
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The Accidental Woman
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Expo 58
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The Rotters' Club
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What a Carve Up!
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The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim
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The Rain Before it Falls
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Mr Wilder and Me
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The Story of Gulliver
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Like a Fiery Elephant
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