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The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

by Jonathan Coe

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Jonathan Coe has become one of those contemporary English writers whose books one simply must read whenever they are published. Fans of Coe will know this already, but there may not be as many of them as he deserves. If you like a good story but also depth of characterisation and witty, wry observations on the world we live in today, this book will give provide a journey we are sure you will enjoy.

 

Jonathan Coe is a great observer of human nature and once again he gives us a thoroughly believable and sympathetic character in Maxwell Sim. Small, and sometimes seemingly insignificant, decisions can make such huge changes in our lives and this seems to always come through in Coe's novels. Brilliant, funny, poignant - Coe is one of the best writers of modern times.

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim Synopsis

Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom: separated from his wife and daughter, estranged from his father, and with no one to confide in even though he has 74 friends on Facebook. He's not even sure whether he's got a job until suddenly a strange business proposition comes his way which involves a long journey to the Shetland Isles - and a voyage into his family's past which throws up some surprising revelations. Jonathan Coe's new book is a story for our times: Maxwell finds himself at sea in the modern world, surrounded by social networks but unable to relate properly to anyone. Yet as he delves into his family history he manages to find the resources to survive.

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ISBN: 9780241967775
Publication date: 31/03/2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780670918799
Publication date: 27/05/2010
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241967775
Publication date: 31st March 2011
Author: Jonathan Coe
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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