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Sadly, his latest book, Middle England, will not be joining my fiction hall of fame. It seems Coe was asked to write a book about Brexit and that’s what he did. He resurrected his characters from The Rotters' Club (another great novel) and put them into Britain’s turbulent 21st C political landscape. And ye ...more
Description: Set in the Midlands and London over the last eight years, Jonathan Coe follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change and disruption in Britain. There are the early married years of Sophie and Ian who disagree about the future of Britain and, possibly, the future of their relationship; Sophie's grandfather whose final act is to send a postal vote for the European referendum; Doug, the political commentator, whose young daughter desp ...more
I read Middle England during the week in which the UK parliamentary vote for the Brexit agreement (scheduled to come into force on 29 March 2019). (it was postponed at the eleventh hour).
The “Brexit” ruminations in Middle England were thoug ...more
I came to Middle England not realising it was part of a series, and this probably impacted slightly on my enjoyment of it. However it is still an enjoyable story chronicling a period of great change in modern Britain.
The story covers the period between April 2010 and September 2018, and we (well, the characters) relive many of the major events throughout this period - the Coalition government, the London riots, the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, Jo Cox's murder, the Referendum, and ...more
This novel is mainly set in the western midlands and timescale is events leading up to the brexit vote and afterwards through different relationships. The author uses characters from both sides remain/leave and left/right. You can feel as though you are part of this even though its still fresh in the mind.
I have enjoyed Jonathan Coe’s writing over the years, but haven’t read ‘ ...more
Having dealt with wealth, poverty and finance in modern Britain in Number 11, Coe’s latest state-of-the-nation novel takes us through the politics of the last eight years from the 2010 General Election to the political earthquakes in 2016 and beyond. As ever, he writes beautifully and readably and creates convincing, if slightly exaggerated, characters. The trouble ...more
Middle England picks up the story of the protagonists of The Rotters’ Club in 2010 and follows their stories up to and after the Brexit referendum. It doesn’t have a conventional narrative arc, it’s more a series of vignettes s ...more
Some of the characters return from The Rotters Club, and The Closed Circle although this reads as a stand alone novel perfectly. Coe shows us how we were encouraged to be dissatis ...more
Questo libro mi é piaciuto parecchio, anche perché l'ultimo di Coe (Numero 11) non mi ...more
Interesting people, the English. I have an English friend who claims that he has no accent when he speaks - others do, the Irish, Scottish, Welsh, but not the English – their accent is pure.
Jonathan Coe’s novel is the third in a loosely connected trilogy, focusing on a number of working class friends who attended a selective grammar school in Birmingham (The Rotters’ Club) and by the events of this outing have reached their mid to late fifties, cynica ...more
Many of the characters have already appeared in Coe's earlier books The Rotters' Club and The Closed Ci ...more
The first book, the Rotters Club, was set in the 1970s against a backdrop of industrial action and casual racism; the second, The Closed Circle, is set when New Labour was at its height; and this one is set against the austerity years and the Brexit vote. The three ...more
Jonathan Coe, born 19 August 1961 in Birmingham, is a British novelist and writer. His work usually has an underlying preoccupation with political issues, although this serious engagement is often expressed comically in the form of satire. For example, What a Carve Up! rew ...more