Search Results: "Jonathan Coe"


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THE ROTTERS’ CLUB by Jonathan Coe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2002

"Tasty but filling: a rich (too rich, perhaps) portrait of a time and a place that have received less than their fair share of literary attention."
The first of a two-volume portrait of 1970s England, focused here by the prizewinning Coe (The House of Sleep, 1998, etc.) on a circle of four Birmingham schoolmates. Read full book review >

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THE CLOSED CIRCLE by Jonathan Coe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2005

"A pleasing modern-day addition to the venerable lineage of the English social novel, easily the equal of Trollope or Galsworthy, though without the imaginative fire of Dickens."
Benjamin Trotter, his friends and family return, even more at sea in a transformed Britain than they were 20 years ago at the close of The Rotters' Club (2002). Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF SLEEP by Jonathan Coe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"In all: a droll, ingenious novel, its satire nicely leavened by true romance."
An audacious, often wickedly funny meditation on the vexed precincts of sleep and sex, following the adventures of four characters whose wayward paths repeatedly intertwine, by the author of The Winshaw Legacy (1995). Read full book review >

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NUMBER 11 by Jonathan Coe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This powerful and enthralling novel takes the measure of a society feeding on its members as little contemporary fiction has."
The political and cultural state of contemporary Britain is dissected in this multistrand novel. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Nevertheless, he has just the right narrative brio to pull off this wild, satisfying novel."
This is British writer Coe's fourth novel but his first to appear in the US, and it's easy to see why American publishers have hesitated to introduce him here. Read full book review >

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THE TERRIBLE PRIVACY OF MAXWELL SIM by Jonathan Coe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2011

"Not for every taste, but a significant building block in Coe's adventurous and distinctive oeuvre."
The lonely life of an everyman who might as well be called a nobody is the subject of the popular British author's ninth novel (The Rain Before It Falls, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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KENDRA by Coe Booth
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The powerful beginning nevertheless signals Booth as a talent to watch. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Kendra, a thoughtful, introspective teen, is more into theatrical design than getting into trouble. Read full book review >

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SUCH TIMES by Christopher Coe
Released: Aug. 31, 1993

"Timothy has an awful disease, but in the end he's too much of a twit to care about deeply."
A chatty and ultimately brittle second novel (after Coe's I Love Devine, 1987) about a gay man and his two lovers in the age of AIDS. Read full book review >

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THE PROPHETEER by Jason Coe
Released: Sept. 27, 2010

"A wickedly funny send-up."
George W. Bush speaks from the mountaintop—or at least the helicopter pad—in Coe's cutting political satire. Read full book review >

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WHAT THEY DO IN THE DARK by Amanda  Coe
Released: March 19, 2012

"A rich novel that explores the 'darkness' of social dysfunction both in 10-year-olds and in the adult world."
Whatever they do in the dark, Coe makes it clear there's plenty of darkness in which to do it. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 23, 2011

"Young fantasy fans will find Jasper's adventures entertaining and easy to follow."
In the first volume of the fantasy series, 13-year-old Jasper Flint is magically transported to an underground world in need of his help. Read full book review >

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THE TRUE HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE by Sophie D. Coe
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"A carefully researched biography of chocolate as a pleasure and a product. (100 illustrations, not seen)"
The late anthropologist Sophie Coe, who was assisted by her husband, an authority on pre-Columbian civilizations, in the writing of the book, took her culinary history seriously, thank you: This is no chat-fest presented for the benefit of Godiva- gobblers. Read full book review >