Jonathan Coe

  • **The dazzling new novel from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Middle England**

    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?
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    Praise for Jonathan Coe

    'Coe is a writer of uncommon decency' Observer

    'Brilliantly funny' Economist

    'Superb' Times

    'Very, very funny' Stylist

  • Mr Wilder and Me

    Jonathan Coe

    **The dazzling new novel from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Middle England**

    'As good as anything he's written - a novel to cherish' Observer
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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?
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    'A beautiful, bittersweet novel that is itself crying out for the silver screen treatment' Scotsman

    'Effortlessly pleasurable and deceptively simple' The Times

    'Utterly charming, deeply poignant and ultimately uplifting' Mail on Sunday

    'A charming, bittersweet book, and a perfect reminder of art's value in stark times' Spectator

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • First paperback edition of one of the bestselling Save the Story titles: the disconcerting encounters of Lemuel Gulliver

  • The hilarious 1980s political satire by Jonathan Coe, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time.

    It is the 1980s and the Winshaw family are getting richer and crueller by the year:

    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.

    But once their hapless biographer Michael Owen starts investigating the family's trail of greed, corruption and immoral doings, the time growing ripe for the Winshaws to receive their comeuppance. . .
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    This wickedly funny take on life under the Thatcher government was the winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize


    '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

  • A zestful comedy of personal and social upheaval, this book captures a fateful moment in British politics - the collapse of 'Old Labour' - and imagines its impact on the topsy-turvy world of the bemused teenager: a world in which a lost pair of swimming trunks can be just as devastating as an IRA bomb.

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  • 'Sometimes I feel that I am destined always to be offstage whenever the main action occurs. That God has made me the victim of some cosmic practical joke, by assigning me little more than a walk-on part in my own life . . .'

    Coming of age in 1970s' Birmingham, teenager Benjamin Trotter is about to discover the agonies and ecstasies of growing up. Whether it is first love or last rites, IRA bombs or industrial strife, prog versus punk rock, expectations of bad poetry or an unexpected life-changing experience involving lost swimming trunks, The Rotters' Club is a heartfelt and hilarious portrait of a particular time and place featuring characters recognisable the world over . . .

    /> 'Very funny, a compulsive and gripping read' The Times

    'Hugely entertaining' The Observer

    'A book to cherish, a book to reread, a book to buy for all your friends' Independent on Sunday

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  • On Millennium night, with Blair presiding over a sexed-up new version of the country, Benjamin Trotter finds himself watching the celebrations on his parents' TV. Watching, in fact, his younger brother, Paul, now a New Labour MP who has bought wholeheartedly into the Blairite dream. Neither of them can know that their lives are about to implode.

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  • Number 11

    Jonathan Coe

    A novel about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us. It is about: the legacy of war and the end of innocence; how comedy and politics are battling it out and comedy might have won; and living in a city where bankers need cinemas in their basements and others need food banks down the street.

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  • 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; and Terry, the insomniac, spends his wakeful nights fuelling his obsession with movies.

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  • DUSTY ANSWER, Rosamond Lehmann's first novel, was published to sensational acclaim in 1927 and became a landmark book of the inter-war period, shocking in its time, capturing the voice of the younger generation.

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  • Mr Wilder and Me

    Jonathan Coe

    **The dazzling new novel from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Middle England**

    'As good as anything he's written - a novel to cherish' Observer
    _______________________________________________________

    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?
    _______________________________________________________

    'A beautiful, bittersweet novel that is itself crying out for the silver screen treatment' Scotsman

    'Effortlessly pleasurable and deceptively simple' The Times

    'Utterly charming, deeply poignant and ultimately uplifting' Mail on Sunday

    'A charming, bittersweet book, and a perfect reminder of art's value in stark times' Spectator

    'A book more loving towards its readers or its subject is hard to imagine' John Self, The Critic

  • Through Jonathan Coe's expert retelling of Swift's famous satire about human hubris and desires, young readers are swept along as Gulliver finds himself in Lilliput and Brobdignag, on the flying island of Laputa, and in the land of the Houyhnhnms, talking horses who think precious little of human "Yahoos".

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