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Middle England
A novel
By (author): Jonathan Coe
9780525566847 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Satire Jul 14, 2020
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.28 x 7.98 x 1.11 in | 0.84 lb 448 pages Vintage
The first great Brexit novel, and the final volume in the trilogy that began with The Rotters’ Club and The Closed Circle

Beginning nine years ago, in an England where car factories have been replaced by chain retail, and both frenzied riots and Olympic fever plague the streets of London, Middle England tracks a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through the transformation of their society. There are newlyweds who disagree about the country’s future and, possibly, their relationship; a political commentator who writes impassioned columns about austerity from his Chelsea townhouse while his radical, teenage daughter undertakes a relentless quest for universal justice; and Benjamin Trotter, who embarks on an apparently doomed new career in middle age, and his father, whose last wish is to vote LEAVE in the Brexit referendum. Through these lives, the novel probes this very tentatively united kingdom itself: a place of nostalgia and delusion, bewilderment and barely suppressed rage. A sequel to The Rotters’ Club and The Closed Circle that also stands entirely alone as a compassionate look at our strange new world, Middle England is a novel only Jonathan Coe could have written.

Publication History: Knopf HC, August 2019

AUTHOR: Coe is the award-winning author of numerous novels, and a longtime house author whose books have expertly skewered the changing face of British culture over the last thirty years.

SEQUEL TO A MODERN CLASSIC: The Rotters’ Club is one of Coe’s most beloveds books (Anthony Bourdain called it “a sad, funny, thoroughly engaging look at compromise, complicity, and change in a decade many of us would choose to forget”), and Middle England is its much-anticipated sequel (although it works just as well as a stand-alone work).

BACKLIST: The novel is Coe’s eighth book with KDPG, joining The Winshaw Legacy, The House of Sleep, The Rotters’ Club, The Closed Circle, The Rain Before It Falls, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, and Number 11 in paperback and eBook on the Vintage backlist.

PRAISE: The book has received rave reviews in the UK, where it published in fall 2018. The Economist called it “brilliantly funny,” and the Financial Times (“a pertinent, entertaining study of a nation in crisis”) named it one of the best books of the year. We expect lots of equally wonderful praise when the hardcover publishes here in August.

RELEVANCE: Middle England is an impishly satirical commentary on the ongoing Brexit drama in the UK that could not be more timely.

JONATHAN COE’s awards include the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Prix Médicis Étranger, and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing. He lives in London with his wife and their two daughters.

Author Residence: London, England

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Author Website: www.jonathancoewriter.com

Winner of the Costa Novel Award

“The book everyone is talking about.” —The Times (London)

“Funny, compassionate and completely clearsighted. Sometimes you want to thank an author for writing a certain book, and this is one of those times.” —Nina Stibbe, The New York Times Book Review

“[A] wild jaunt…. An incisive and often scabrously funny satire and a compelling portrait of the way we live now.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Attuned to absurdity and suffused with compassion.” —USA Today

“Humorous and humane…. Middle England contains great charms.” —John Williams, The New York Times Book Review
 
“Brilliantly funny…. A compelling state-of-the-nation novel, full of light and shade, which vividly charts modern Britain’s tragicomic slide.”—The Economist
 
“[Coe’s] affectionately witty attitude to our human foibles is always uplifting.” —The Times (London)
 
“Timely and timeless…. This plaintive, clarion call is an acerbic, keenly observed satire peppered with the penetrating wit for which Coe is so justly admired.” —Booklist (starred review)
 
“A sweeping and very funny state-of-the-nation novel…Coe—a writer of uncommon decency—reminds us that the way out of this mess is through moderation, through compromise.” —The Observer 
 
“[A] witty and knowing satire.” —People
 
“Brilliant. Read it too fast, finished it too soon.” —Nigella Lawson
 
“Coe astutely blends political insight with assured storytelling.” —Library Journal
 
“Coe’s writing is as smoothly accomplished as ever. His comic set pieces—funerals, dinners, clown fights—are very funny.” —The Guardian

“A pertinent, entertaining study of a nation in crisis.” —Financial Times
 
“Sharply observed, bitingly witty yet emotionally generous…. With his usual acuity, Coe tells the story of a collective meltdown through its impact on individuals.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“[Coe] far outranks many Booker winners in his talent for characterization and captivating narrative.” —The Literary Review
 
“Excellent…. A remarkable portrait of a country at an inflection point.” —Publishers Weekly
 

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