Middle England (Paperback)
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Middle England (Paperback)

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Published: 04/07/2019
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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.

Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2019

Set in the Midlands and London over the last eight years, Jonathan Coe follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change and disruption in Britain.

There are the early married years of Sophie and Ian who disagree about the future of Britain and, possibly, the future of their relationship; Sophie's grandfather whose final act is to send a postal vote for the European referendum; Doug, the political commentator, whose young daughter despairs of his lack of political nous and Doug's Remaining Tory politician partner who is savaged by the crazed trolls of Twitter.

And within all these lives is the story of England itself: a story of nostalgia and irony; of friendship and rage, humour and intense bewilderment.

As acutely alert to the absurdity of the political classes as he is compassionate about those who have been left behind, this is a novel Jonathan Coe was born to write.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241983683
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Brilliantly funny . . . a compelling state of the nation novel, full of light and shade, which vividly charts modern Britain's tragicomic slide - Economist

Expansive and often very funny . . . Coe - a writer of uncommon decency - reminds us that the way out of this mess is through moderation, through compromise, through that age-old English ability to laugh at ourselves - Observer

A pertinent, entertaining study of a nation in crisis - 'Books of the Year', Financial Times

His affectionately witty attitude to our human foibles is always uplifting . . . Superb - The Times

In Middle England, Coe shows an understanding of this country that goes beyond what most cabinet ministers can muster . . . he subtly builds a picture that exposes the cracks in society . . . he is a master of satire but pokes fun subtly, without ever being cruel, biting or blatant . . . his light, funny writing makes you feel better - Evening Standard

Tackling his characters' opposing points of view, he draws a portrait of a recognisable Britain baffled by its loss of industry and jobs, and of everyday people shocked by a rise of acceptable racism and xenophobia. It's also very, very funny - Stylist

Millions of words have been and will be written on Brexit but few will get to the heart of why it is happening as incisively as Middle England - John Boyne, Irish Times

This is a picture of England that comes from a place of compassion and understanding - inews

Coe is as funny and tender as ever, restoring some humanity to the tumultuous societal backdrop - Grazia

Middle England combines top-class soap opera storytelling with melancholy insight into what it means to be English - Metro

Middle England takes all that is memorable and moving about Coe's body of work and throws it at the present emergency - Alex Clark, TLS

Sparkled with all the acuity of his best novels . . . Uproarious and always on-the-money - Books of the Year, Evening Standard

Very funny . . . Exceptionally good . . . Delightful - BBC Radio 4, Saturday Review

Brilliant - Nicola Sturgeon

Middle England is a full-blooded state of the nation novel, and it brings us bang up-to-date - Sunday Times

Coe is an extraordinarily deft plotter . . . he tackles big ambitious themes, in this case the effect of politics on people's lives, and political opinions on personal relations - Mail on Sunday

The beauty of Jonathan Coe's new novel, Middle England, is the way it tracks the seemingly unconnected moments that brought Britain to its knees - and with devastating delicacy, too - Eva Wiseman, Observer

The great chronicler of Englishness - Independent

A copper bottomed masterpiece - Barney Norris

Coe's comic critique of a divided country dazzles . . . properly laugh-out-loud funny . . . it is also incisive and brilliant about our divided country and the deep chasms revealed by the vote to leave. Do not miss - The Bookseller

The first great Brexit novel - Sathnam Sanghera

This book is sublimely good. State of the (Brexit) nation novel to end them all, but also funny, tender, generous, so human and intelligent about age and love as well as politics - India Knight

Jonathan Coe's Middle England is brilliantly insightful on the times we are living in - Mishal Husain, Books of the Year, Big Issue

Let me add to the chorus of praise for Jonathan Coe's new book Middle England. Easily my favourite of his since What a Carve Up! Which did for Thatcherism what Middle England does for Brexit - John Crace

An astute, enlightened and enlightening journey into the heart of our current national identity crisis. Both moving and funny. As we'd expect from Coe - Ben Elton

From post-industrial Birmingham to the London riots and the current political gridlock, it takes in family, literature and love in a comedy for our times - Guardian

Coe can make you smile, sigh, laugh; he has abundant sympathy for his characters - Scotsman

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“Satirical novel of our times...”

Jonathan Coe reunites his favourite characters from his earlier novels “ The Rotters’s Club “ and “ The Closed Circle “ in this highly satirical story of how we ended up with Brexit.

Set between the general election... More

Hardback edition
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“A Brexit Novel.”

Working for Waterstones meant that I was lucky enough to receive a proof copy of this book well before the publication date.

Jonathan Cole is angry about how Britain has changed, overall since 1979 but specifically... More

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“The long and winding road to Brexit”

In this highly entertaining satire set in the Midlands and London, Jonathan Coe unfolds the political and cultural tapestry of the past eight years: the Cameron/Clegg government, the London riots, the Olympic opening... More

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