What a Carve Up! (Paperback)
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Paperback 512 Pages / Published: 26/06/2014
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Jonathan Coe is a prince among comic novelists and What a Carve Up! is one of his signature books. Trenchant, impassioned and screamingly funny, this vituperative 1980s-set satire centres on the gloriously ghastly Henry Winshaw MP and the havoc his personal and political choices wreak on wider society.

What a Carve Up! - a hilarious 1980s political satire by Jonathan Coe

It is the 1980s and the Winshaw family are getting richer and crueller by the year:

Newspaper-columnist Hilary gets thousands for telling it like it isn't; Henry's turning hospitals into car parks; Roddy's selling art in return for sex; down on the farm Dorothy's squeezing every last pound from her livestock; Thomas is making a killing on the stock exchange; and Mark is selling arms to dictators.

But once their hapless biographer Michael Owen starts investigating the family's trail of greed, corruption and immoral doings, the time growing ripe for the Winshaws to receive their comeuppance. . .

This wickedly funny take on life under the Thatcher government was the winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize


'A sustained feat of humour, suspense and polemic, full of twists and ironies' Hilary Mantel, Sunday Times

'A riveting social satire on the chattering and all-powerful upper classes' Time Out

'Big, hilarious, intricate, furious, moving' Guardian

Jonathan Coe's novels are filled with biting social commentary, moving and astute observations of life and hilarious set pieces that have made him one of the most popular writers of his generation. His other titles, The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Rotters' Club (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse prize), The Closed Circle, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, The House of Sleep (winner of the1998 Prix Medicis Etranger), and The Rain Before it Falls, are all available in Penguin paperback.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241967799
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 351 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm

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“What a Carve Up!”

Ultimatly, this is the story of the life and fate of the Winshaw family (not a bunch of people you would like to meet, I can assure you!). When failing author, Michael Owen is commissioned to write a biography of the... More

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