Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe - Spies, girls and an Englishman abroad. Trust no one.
London, 1958: unassuming civil servant Thomas Foley is plucked from his desk job and sent on a six-month trip to Brussels. His task: to keep an eye on The Britannia, a brand new pub which will form the heart of the British presence at Expo 58 - the biggest World's Fair of the century.
As soon as he arrives, Thomas is equally bewitched by the surreal, gigantic Atomium, which stands at the heart of this brave new world, and by Anneke, a lovely Flemish hostess. But Thomas's new-found sense of freedom comes at a price: two British spies are following him.
For fans of Jonathan Coe's classic comic bestsellers What a Carve Up! and The Rotters' Club, this hilarious new novel, which is set in the Mad Men period of the mid 50s, will also be loved by readers of Nick Hornby, William Boyd and Ian McEwan.
'Clever and funny, enthralling and moving. Wonderful!' Daily Mail
'Rich and splendidly comic' Independent
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
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“A Brilliant Comedy”
I really enjoyed Jonathan Coe's latest novel, a clever and funny story of a middle class Civil servant's blundering attempts at international espionage during the 1958 exposition in Brussels.
The setting of the Brussels World Fair of 1958, the first major international trade expo to take place after World War II is an intriguing one. It provides an insight into British post imperialism and the cold war as... More
“already one of my favourite books!!”
I absolutely loved this book. Having never read anything by Jonathon Coe before, and knowing nothing about Expo 58, I began reading with no idea what to expect. However, I quickly found I loved Coe’s style; I got a... More
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