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.
Seventy-five years of postwar British history deftly interrogated through the fortunes of one Birmingham family in this wonderfully witty and insightful novel from the author of The Rotters' Club and Middle England.
Books by Jonathan Coe
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