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In the heady summer of 1977, a naive young woman called Calista sets out from Athens to venture into the wider world. On a Greek island that has been turned into a film set, she finds herself working for the famed Hollywood director Billy Wilder, about whom she knows almost nothing. But the time she spends in this glamorous, unfamiliar new life will change her for good.
While Calista is thrilled with her new adventure, Wilder himself is living with the realisation that his star may be on the wane. Rebuffed by Hollywood, he has financed his new film with German money, and when Calista follows him to Munich for the shooting of further scenes, she finds herself joining him on a journey of memory into the dark heart of his family history.
In a novel that is at once a tender coming-of-age story and an intimate portrait of one of cinema's most intriguing figures, Jonathan Coe turns his gaze on the nature of time and fame, of family and the treacherous lure of nostalgia. When the world is catapulting towards change, do you hold on for dear life or decide it's time to let go?
Brilliantly funny . . . a compelling state of the nation novel, full of light and shade, which vividly charts modern Britain's tragicomic slide - Economist, on Middle England
A full-blooded state of the nation novel - Sunday Times, on Middle England
The book everyone is talking about - The Times, on Middle England
Very funny. Coe is a writer of uncommon decency - Observer, on Middle England
Coe's back with a bang - Daily Telegraph, on Middle England
A comedy for our times - Guardian, on Middle England
Sparkles with all the acuity of his best novels . . . Uproarious and always on-the-money - Evening Standard, Books of the Year, on Middle England
Publication date: 05/11/2020
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||5th November 2020|
|Publisher:||Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Films, cinema,|
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.More About Jonathan Coe