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The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

(2010)
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Maxwell Sim can't make a meaningful connection. His absent father is preoccupied with poetry; he maintains an e-mail correspondence with his estranged wife under a false identity; his daughter prefers her BlackBerry to his conversation; and his best friend won't return his calls. He has seventy friends on Facebook, but nobody to talk to.

Max tries to stir himself out of this rut by quitting his job to accept a strange business proposition: to drive a Prius full of toothbrushes from London to the remote Shetland Islands in a misguided promotional campaign for a dental-hygiene company. Instead, he makes a series of awkward, cruelly enlightening visits to figures from his past, falling in love with the soothing voice of his GPS system ('Emma' ) en route. Eventually he comes to wonder if perhaps it's his utter lack of self-knowledge that's hampering his ability to form actual relationships.

Jonathan Coe outdoes himself with this humane satire and modern-day picaresque, a gently comic and rollickingly entertaining story about personal attachments in the digital welter of instant communication.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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March 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
ISBN: 0-307-59481-5 / 978-0-307-59481-5 (USA edition)
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May 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
ISBN: 0-670-91738-9 / 978-0-670-91738-9 (USA edition)
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December 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim, The (Large Print Book)
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ISBN: 1-4084-8786-1 / 978-1-4084-8786-0 (UK edition)
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June 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
ISBN: 0-241-96777-5 / 978-0-241-96777-5 (UK edition)
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November 2013 : UK Paperback

Title: The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
ISBN: 0-241-96975-1 / 978-0-241-96975-5 (UK edition)
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March 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
ISBN: 0-307-74215-6 / 978-0-307-74215-5 (USA edition)
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June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim, The (Large Print Book)
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ISBN: 1-4084-8787-X / 978-1-4084-8787-7 (UK edition)
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
ISBN: 0-14-103392-4 / 978-0-14-103392-1 (UK edition)
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
ISBN: 0-241-95078-3 / 978-0-241-95078-4 (UK edition)
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May 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
ISBN: 0-670-91879-2 / 978-0-670-91879-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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July 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
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July 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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July 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
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June 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
ISBN: 1-4915-3258-0 / 978-1-4915-3258-4 (USA edition)
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June 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
ISBN: 1-4915-3278-5 / 978-1-4915-3278-2 (USA edition)
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May 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
Author(s): Jonathan Coe, Colin Buchanan
ISBN: 1-60998-170-7 / 978-1-60998-170-9 (USA edition)
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March 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim: Library Edition
Author(s): Jonathan Coe
ISBN: 0-7927-7522-8 / 978-0-7927-7522-5 (USA edition)
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March 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim (Vintage Contemporaries)
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May 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim
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