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What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
  

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It is the 1980s and the Winshaw family are getting richer and crueller by the year. But once their hapless biographer Michael Owen starts investigating the family's trail of greed, corruption and immoral doings, the time is 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.

If you like Jonathan Coe you might also like to read books by David Lodge, John Irving and David Nobbs.

Synopsis

What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe

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.

Reviews

'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

About the Author

Jonathan Coe

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th August 2016

Author

Jonathan Coe

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241978917

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