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.

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.

Other books by Jonathan Coe

The Story of Gulliver

The Story of Gulliver

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Paperback 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 .

Middle England

Middle England

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/11/2018

'COE IS AMONG THE HANDFUL OF NOVELISTS WHO CAN TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE TEMPER OF OUR TIMES' OBSERVER 'It was tempting to think, at times like this, that some bizarre hysteria had gripped the British people' Beginning eight years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by Poundland, and London, where frenzied riots give way to Olympic fever, Middle England follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change. There are newlyweds Ian and Sophie, who disagree about the future of the country and, possibly, the future of their relationship; Doug, the political commentator who writes impassioned columns about austerity from his Chelsea townhouse, and his radical teenage daughter who will stop at nothing in her quest for social justice; Benjamin Trotter, who embarks on an apparently doomed new career in middle age, and his father Colin, whose last wish is to vote in the European referendum. And within all these lives is the story of modern England: a story of nostalgia and delusion; of bewilderment and barely-suppressed rage. Following in the footsteps of The Rotters' Club and The Closed Circle, Jonathan Coe's new novel is the novel for our strange new times. 'Probably the best English novelist of his generation' Nick Hornby 'You can't stop reading....I was haunted for days' Independent on 'Number 11'

Middle England

Middle England

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2018

'COE IS AMONG THE HANDFUL OF NOVELISTS WHO CAN TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE TEMPER OF OUR TIMES' OBSERVER 'It was tempting to think, at times like this, that some bizarre hysteria had gripped the British people' Beginning eight years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by Poundland, and London, where frenzied riots give way to Olympic fever, Middle England follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change. There are newlyweds Ian and Sophie, who disagree about the future of the country and, possibly, the future of their relationship; Doug, the political commentator who writes impassioned columns about austerity from his Chelsea townhouse, and his radical teenage daughter who will stop at nothing in her quest for social justice; Benjamin Trotter, who embarks on an apparently doomed new career in middle age, and his father Colin, whose last wish is to vote in the European referendum. And within all these lives is the story of modern England: a story of nostalgia and delusion; of bewilderment and barely-suppressed rage. Following in the footsteps of The Rotters' Club and The Closed Circle, Jonathan Coe's new novel is the novel for our strange new times. 'Probably the best English novelist of his generation' Nick Hornby 'You can't stop reading....I was haunted for days' Independent on 'Number 11'

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 ...

The Broken Mirror

The Broken Mirror

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Can desire really transform reality? From award-winning novelist Jonathan Coe and distinguished Italian artist Chiara Coccorese comes The Broken Mirror, a political parable for children, a contemporary fairy tale for adults, and a fable for all ages. One day Claire, to escape her quarrelsome parents, takes refuge in the dump behind her house. There she finds a broken mirror, a nasty piece of sharp glass... yet she is strangely drawn to it. She soon discovers it has the power to transform even the most drab reality into a fairy-tale world: the grey sky is reflected blue, and Claire's modest, suburban house is transformed into the most beautiful castle. As Claire grows older, always accompanied by her magic mirror, she can see her face without her teenage acne, and her town before it fell victim to thieving property developers. But, in reality, libraries are being turned into luxury flats wherever she looks, and the boy Claire loves is instead her worst enemy. Frustrated and angry with the mirror's illusions, Claire is about to destroy it when the mysterious Peter steps in: he has also found a shard of broken mirror, and so begins their journey to piece together the larger puzzle... Previously published in Italian, French, Greek and Dutch, The Broken Mirror comes to life in English for the first time, to be read with equal pleasure by children and adults.

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.

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 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

Number 11

Number 11

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: Paperback 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 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.

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

The Rain Before it Falls

The Rain Before it Falls

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

'What I want you to have, Imogen, above all, is a sense of your own history; a sense of where you come from, and of the forces that made you.' Rosamund lies dying in her remote Shropshire home. But before she does so, she has one last task: to put on tape not just her own story but the story of the young blind girl, her cousin's granddaughter, who turned up mysteriously at her party all those years ago. This is a story of generations, of the relationships within a family - and of what goes to make a child.

A Touch of Love

A Touch of Love

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

Robin, a postgrad student in Coventry, has spent four and a half years not writing his thesis. Now it 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 embarassing incident in a public park lands him in serious trouble, Robin's life finally spirals out of control . . .

The Accidental Woman

The Accidental Woman

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

For Maria, nothing is certain. Her life is a chain of accidents. Friendship passes her by, and she's 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?

The House of Sleep

The House of Sleep

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

Sarah is a narcoleptic who has dreams so vivid she mistakes them for real events; Robert has had his life changed for ever by the misunderstandings arising from her condition; Terry, the insomniac, spends his wakeful nights fuelling his obsession with movies; and the increasingly unstable Dr Gregory Dudden sees sleep as a life-shortening disease which must be eradicated . A group of students sharing a house. They fall in and out of love, they drift apart. Yet a decade later they are drawn back together by a series of coincidences involving their obsession with sleep - and each other ...

What a Carve Up!

What a Carve Up!

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

A brilliant noir farce, a dystopian vision and the story of an obsession. Michael is a lonely, rather pathetic writer, obsessed by the film, 'What A Carve Up!' in which a mad knifeman cuts his way through the inhabitants of a decrepit stately pile as the thunder rages. Inexplicably, Michael is commissioned to write the family history of the Winshaws, an upper class Yorkshire clan whose members have a finger in every establishment pie. But as a murderous maniac stalks the family, Michael realizes that his favourite film is coming true.

The Dwarves of Death

The Dwarves of Death

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

Music, murder ... and Madeleine. William has a lot on his mind. Firstly there's The Alaska Factory, the band he plays in. They're no good and they make his songs sound about as groovy as an unpressed record. Secondly, there's 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 they're not soulmates after all? Lastly, there's the bizarre murder he's just witnessed. A man lies bludgeoned to death at his feet and, unfortunately for William, there aren't too many other suspects standing nearby...

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.

Marginal Notes, Doubtful Statements

Marginal Notes, Doubtful Statements

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2013

Marginal Notes, Doubtful Statements by Jonathan Coe - an extraordinary non-fiction collection from the author of EXPO 58From celebrating the greatness of Gulliver's Travels to tracing the impact of Margaret Thatcher's death, from interviewing Brian Eno to finding Hitchcockian elements in a Disney film, Marginal Notes, Doubtful Statements is a hugely funny, moving and fascinating 20-year journey through the world of books, music, film, politics and memory from one of Britain's most acclaimed novelists and cultural thinkers.This will be loved by fans of What A Carve Up and The Rotters' Club, as well as readers of Nick Hornby, David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith's Changing My Mind. 'Clever and funny, enthralling and moving, this is, for my money, Coe's best novel since What A Carve-Up! Wonderful' Daily Mail on Expo 58'A rich and splendidly comic confection' Independent on EXPO 58Jonathan Coe is the author of ten novels, the latest Expo 58 (2013). His previous nine novels are all published by Penguin and include the acclaimed bestsellers What a Carve Up!, The House of Sleep and The Rotters' Club.

The Story of Gulliver

The Story of Gulliver

Author: Jonathan Coe, Sara Oddi Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

The disconcerting encounters of Lemuel Gulliver 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 ship-wrecked 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 . Jonathan Coe was born a long time ago in England, where he still lives. He has written twelve books, among them The House of Sleep and The Rain Before it Falls, but knows that he will never write as beautiful a book as Gulliver's Travels.

Pentatonic

Pentatonic

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: eBook Release Date: 28/11/2012

Jonathan Coe's Pentatonic is a daring and original story about family and memory inspired by music.When a family celebrates the prize-giving day at their daughter's secondary school, thoughts turn to their own childhoods. The father remembers his living room piano recital, recorded on a well-worn cassette tape. The mother remembers her own father's war tragedy. As the father searches for the physical reminder of his past and the mother longs to forget her own, they confront the breakdown of their marriage in the present.In Pentatonic, Jonathan Coe movingly explores the memories that unite us and the experiences that drive us apart. The story is simultaneously available as a digital download with the piece of music which originally inspired the story.Praise for Jonathan Coe:'Probably the best English novelist of his generation' Nick Hornby'Coe has huge powers of observation and enormous literary panache' Sunday Times 'Jonathan Coe's a fine writer who seems to try something new with every book' David Nicholls Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. He is the author of eight bestselling novels including What a Carve Up! and The Rotters' Club, and a biography of the novelist B. S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, which won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction book of the year.

Pentatonic

Pentatonic

Author: Jonathan Coe Format: eBook Release Date: 28/11/2012

Pentatonic, written and read by Jonathan Coe, is a daring and original story about family and memory, originally inspired by the accompanying music from Danny Manners. When a family celebrates the prize-giving day at their daughters secondary school, thoughts turn to their own childhoods. The father remembers his living room piano recital, recorded on a well-worn cassette tape. The mother remembers her own fathers war tragedy. As the father searches for the physical reminder of his past and the mother longs to forget her own, they confront the breakdown of their marriage in the present. In Pentatonic, Jonathan Coe movingly explores the memories that unite us and the experiences that drive us apart. This story is also available as a Penguin ebook. Text by Jonathan Coe Music by Danny Manners Produced by Ken Brake at Regal Lane Studios

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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