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Jonathan Coe


UK flag (b.1961)

Jonathan Coe FRSL is an English novelist and writer. His work 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! reworks the plot of an old 1960s spoof horror film of the same name.
 

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical, Children's Fiction
 
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Series
Winshaw Legacy
   1. What a Carve Up! (1994)

     aka The Winshaw Legacy

   2. Number 11 (2015)
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Rotters' Club
   1. The Rotters' Club (2001)
   2. The Closed Circle (2004)
   3. Middle England (2018)
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Novels
   The Accidental Woman (1987)
   A Touch of Love (1989)
   The Dwarves of Death (1990)
   The House of Sleep (1997)
   The Rain Before It Falls (2007)
   The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim (2010)
   Expo 58 (2013)
   Mr Wilder and Me (2020)
   Bournville (2022)
   The Proof of My Innocence (2024)
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Collections
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Novellas and Short Stories
   Pentatonic (2012)
   The Broken Mirror (2017) (with Chiara Coccorese)
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Series contributed to
Ox-Tales
   Ox-Tales: Earth (2009) (with others)
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Jonathan Coe recommends
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The Mouthless Dead (2025)
Anthony Quinn
"So versatile-Quinn seems to reinvent himself with every book."
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Fervour (2024)
Fervor

Toby Lloyd
"Intriguing, propulsive and profoundly disturbing, this is a fearless look into the dark heart of family politics from a naturally gifted storyteller."
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Second Best (2023)
David Foenkinos
"It's about time British readers discovered the wit and originality of David Foenkinos, and this exquisitely bittersweet comedy of life's missed opportunities is the perfect place to start."

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Books containing stories by Jonathan Coe

Awards
2019 Costa Book Award for Best Novel : Middle England
2001 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize : The Rotters' Club

Award nominations
2023 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction (nominee) : Bournville
2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (nominee) : The Closed Circle


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