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Jonathan Coe - Author

About the Author

Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. Expo 58 is his tenth novel. The previous nine are all available in Penguin: The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, What a Carve Up! (which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), The House of Sleep (which won the 1998 Prix Medicis Etranger), The Rotters' Club (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse Prize), The Closed Circle, The Rain Before It Falls and The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim. His biography of the novelist B.S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction book of the year.

Featured books by Jonathan Coe

What a Carve Up!

What a Carve Up!

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

The hilarious 1980s political satire by Jonathan Coe, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time. 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.

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Like A Fiery Elephant The Story of B.S.Johnson

Like A Fiery Elephant The Story of B.S.Johnson

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/06/2005

In his heyday, during the 1960s and early 1970s, B. S. Johnson was one of the best-known young novelists in Britain. A passionate advocate for the avant-garde in both literature and film, he became famous - not to say notorious - both for his forthright views on the future of the novel and for his idiosyncratic ways of putting them into practice. But in November 1973 Johnson's lifelong depression got the better of him, and he was found dead at his north London home. He had taken his own life at the age of forty. Jonathan Coe's biography is based upon unique access to the vast collection of papers Johnson left behind after his death, and upon dozens of interviews with those who knew him best. As unconventional in form as one of its subject's own novels, it paints a remarkable picture - sometimes hilarious, often overwhelmingly sad - of a tortured personality; a man whose writing tragically failed to keep at bay the demons that pursued him.

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Other books by Jonathan Coe

Middle England

Middle England

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

'The book everyone is talking about' The Times 'A comedy for our times' Guardian __________________ The country is changing and, up and down the land, cracks are appearing - within families and between generations. In the Midlands Benjamin Trotter is trying to help his aged father navigate a Britain that seems to have forgotten he exists, whilst in London his friend Doug doesn't understand why his teenage daughter is eternally enraged. Meanwhile, newlyweds Sophie and Ian can find nothing to agree on except the fact that their marriage is on the rocks . . . __________________ 'Coe's back with a bang. Middle England is the novel about Brexit we need' Daily Telegraph 'A pertinent, entertaining study of a nation in crisis' Financial Times, Books of the Year '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

The Rotters' Club

The Rotters' Club

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2019

'Sometimes I feel that I am destined always to be offstage whenever the main action occurs. That God has made me the victim of some cosmic practical joke, by assigning me little more than a walk-on part in my own life . . .' Coming of age in 1970s' Birmingham, teenager Benjamin Trotter is about to discover the agonies and ecstasies of growing up. Whether it is first love or last rites, IRA bombs or industrial strife, prog versus punk rock, expectations of bad poetry or an unexpected life-changing experience involving lost swimming trunks, The Rotters' Club is a heartfelt and hilarious portrait of a particular time and place featuring characters recognisable the world over . . . 'Very funny, a compulsive and gripping read' The Times 'Hugely entertaining' The Observer 'A book to cherish, a book to reread, a book to buy for all your friends' Independent on Sunday

The Story of Gulliver

The Story of Gulliver

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2018

For the first time in his life, Gulliver felt ashamed of himself and his fellow-humans. Gulliver is a travel-hungry and adventurous ship's doctor, who has the odd misfortune of being shipwrecked four times in as many voyages. Through Jonathan Coe's expert retelling of Swift's famous satire about our human hubris and desires, today's young readers are swept along as Gulliver finds himself a giant among tiny humans in Lilliput; a tiny human among giants in Brobdignag; on the flying island of Laputa, with its most impractical intellectuals; and finally in the land of the Houyhnhnms, talking horses who think precious little of human Yahoos .

Touch of Love

Touch of Love

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Touch of Love by Jonathan Coe, read by Peter Caulfield. Robin, a postgrad student in Coventry, has spent four and a half years not writing his thesis. He and his academic colleagues, united by pallor, social ineptitude and sexual inexperience, once spent hours discussing their theories, but they somehow never made it into print. Now his unfinished thesis languishes in a drawer, and Robin hides in his room, increasingly frightened by a world he doesnt understand. His friends have failed him and romance eludes him. His only outlet is his short stories, scribbled in notebooks and expressing his secret obsessions and frustrations. Then, when an unfortunate and embarrassing incident in a public park lands him in serious trouble, Robins life finally spirals out of control ...

Dwarves of Death

Dwarves of Death

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Dwarves of Death by Jonathan Coe, read by Daniel Weyman. Music, murder ... and Madeleine William has a lot on his mind. Firstly theres The Alaska Factory, the band he plays in. Theyre no good and they make his songs sound about as groovy as an unpressed record. In fact theyre so bad hes seriously thinking of leaving to join a group called The Unfortunates. Secondly, theres Madeleine, his high-maintenance girlfriend whose idea of a night of passion is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical followed by a doorstep peck on the cheek. Maybe theyre not soulmates after all? Lastly, theres the bizarre murder hes just witnessed. The guiding force behind The Unfortunates lies bludgeoned to death at his feet and, unfortunately for William, there arent too many other suspects standing nearby ...

Accidental Woman

Accidental Woman

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2018

The Accidental Woman is a wickedly funny novel from bestseller Jonathan Coe For Maria, nothing is certain. Her life is a chain of accidents. Friendship passes her by, and shes unimpressed by the devoted Ronny and his endless propsals of marriage. Maria lives in a world of her own - yet not of her own making. Stumbling through university, work, marriage and motherhood, she finds it hard to see what all the fuss is about. Will she ever be able to control the direction of her life? Or will it end, as it began, by accident? What does chance have in store for the accidental woman?

Nummer 11

Nummer 11

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2017

Geschichten, die den Wahnsinn bezeugen - ein irrwitziges Sittenbild Grobritanniens. Rachel und Alison, Freundinnen aus Kindertagen, machen sich auf eine Reise in das fremde, irreale Herz Grobritanniens. Hili os, mitgerissen von Strmen, die sie weder verstehen noch beeini ussen knnen, fnden die beiden eine von der Realitt enttuschte, doch den Reality-Shows innig zugetane Nation vor. Sie treffen auf moralisch bankrotte Bankiers, deren Keller mit Privatkinos, Hallenbdern und Weinlagern aufgembelt sind, und auf Menschen, die an der stdtischen Essenstafel Schlange stehen. Mittendrin residiert eine alteingesessene Familie, die nichts fr das eigene Land tut, aber alle Kraft darauf verwendet, dass das Land alles fr ihren persnlichen Proft tut.

What a Carve Up!

What a Carve Up!

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

The hilarious 1980s political satire by Jonathan Coe, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time. 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.

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Clubul putregaiurilor

Clubul putregaiurilor

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

Intr-un oras deturnat de la ritmurile sale obisnuite actiunea se incheaga in jurul catorva liceeni aflati la varsta ingrata a primelor amoruri aspiratii si tradari. Captivati de ideea unei cariere umaniste in plin disconfort industrial acestia descopera pe cont propriu ceea ce parintii si scoala s-au ferit sau n-au stiut sa le spuna. Lumea lor cunoaste schimbari spectaculoase de la o zi la alta adevarul din carti corespunde tot mai rar celui din viata de zi cu zi iar elanul tineretii incaseaza corectii cand usturatoare cand de-a dreptul comice.

Number 11

Number 11

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

This is a novel about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us all. It's about the legacy of war and the end of innocence. It's about how comedy and politics are battling it out and comedy might have won. It's about how 140 characters can make fools of us all. It's about living in a city where bankers need cinemas in their basements and others need food banks down the street. It is Jonathan Coe doing what he does best - showing us how we live now. 'Coe is among the handful of novelists who can tell us something about the temper of our times' Observer

Casa somnului

Casa somnului

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: eBook Release Date: 23/11/2015

O universitate este transformata peste ani intr-o clinica pentru insomniaci, ai carei pacienti sau medici sunt studentii de odinioara. Locul se numeste Ashdown si are o mohoreala victoriana. Intre zidurile sale traiesc, in trecut si in prezent deopotriva, Gregory Dudden, medicinistul riguros si vag dement care considera somnul o boala ce rontaie o treime din viata fiecaruia; narcoleptica Sarah Tudor, o fiinta fragila, dilematica, incapabila sa distinga intre vis si realitate; Robert Madison, prietenul sfasiat de iubiri nerostite si de drame identitare care-l trimit in cele din urma pe masa de operatie a unui chirurg specializat in schimbarile de sex; in fine, Terry Worth, cinefilul impatimit si insomniac care poate recunoaste orice actor in orice poza, fara a-si aminti in schimb de personalul medical cu care tocmai a stat de vorba. Asa arata cvartetul pe care isi sprijina Coe intreaga constructie."e; (Radu Paraschivescu)

The Story of Gulliver

The Story of Gulliver

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/01/2015

Loggerheads and Other Stories

Loggerheads and Other Stories

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2014

Jonathan Coe is not a prolific writer of short stories - the seven in this collection make up his entire output (as against ten published novels) - but each one is a jewel of storytelling and characterization. And each could only have come from the pen of the novelist Coe. In fact at least three of the stories here, though self-contained, are part of a larger project to depict the history of a fictional Midlands family, a project which includes the novels The Rain Before It Falls and Expo 58. Loggerheads is therefore essential reading for all fans of Coe.

A Touch of Love

A Touch of Love

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2014

A Touch of Love is Jonathan Coe's delightfully comic and moving novel about not fitting in Robin, a postgraduate student in Coventry, has spent four and a half years not writing his thesis. He and his academic colleagues, united by pallor, social ineptitude and sexual inexperience, once spent hours discussing their theories, but they somehow never made it into print. Now his unfinished thesis languishes in a drawer, and Robin hides in his room, increasingly frightened by a world he doesn't understand. His friends have failed him and romance eludes him. His only outlet is his short stories, scribbled in notebooks and expressing his secret obsessions and frustrations. Then, when an unfortunate and embarrassing incident in a public park lands him in serious trouble, Robin's life finally spirals out of control. . . A Touch of Love is a brilliant, bittersweet book that will be enjoyed by readers of David Nicholls, Nick Hornby and lovers of comic fiction. 'A magnetic, moving tale' Observer 'Very funny' The Times Literary Supplement 'Witty and astringently intelligent' 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, The Rotters' Club (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse prize), The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, The House of Sleep (winner of the1998 Prix Medicis Etranger), What a Carve Up! (winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize) and The Rain Before it Falls, are all available as Penguin paperback.

The Rain Before it Falls

The Rain Before it Falls

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2014

The Rain Before it Falls - Jonathan Coe's heartbreaking novel of family secrets Deeply moving and compelling, The Rain Before it Falls is the story of three generations of one family riven by tragedy. When Rosamund, a reluctant bearer of family secrets, dies suddenly, a mystery is left for her niece Gill to unravel. Some photograph albums and tapes point towards a blind girl named Imogen whom no one has seen in twenty years. The search for Imogen and the truth of her inheritance becomes a shocking story of mothers and daughters and of how sadness, like a musical refrain, may haunt us down the years. 'Spectacular, heartbreaking, beautifully written. Rosamund's story is one of the most extraordinary and compelling you will ever read. Impossible to put down, I loved every minute of it' Sunday Express 'A sad, often very moving story of mothers and daughters' Guardian 'Entirely compelling...the plot will keep you rapt...reminiscent of Ian McEwan at his most effective' New Statesman Jonathan Coe's novels are filled with moving, astute observations of life and love, and are written with a revealing honesty that has captivated a generation of readers. His other titles, The Accidental Woman, The Rotters' Club (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse prize), The Closed Circle, The Dwarves of Death, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, The House of Sleep (winner of the 1998 Prix Medicis Etranger), A Touch of Love, and What a Carve Up! (winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), are all available in Penguin paperback.

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