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Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe was born in 1961 in Lickey, a suburb of south-west Birmingham. His first novel, The Accidental Woman was published in 1987. His best-selling novels include What a Carve Up! and The Rotters’ Club (2001). He is the recipient of many prizes and awards, including both Costa Novel of the Year and Prix du Livre Européen. He won France’s Prix Médicis for The House of Sleep and Italy’s Premio Flaiano and Premio Bauer-Ca’ Foscari.

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Latest reviews

  • “Coe has worked wonders and produced one of the finest novels of his career... this one is a delight.”
    — Washington Examiner, Oct 6 2022
  • “Not a romantic love story, but something more tender and rare: a charming, ironic fairy tale about an accidental, intergenerational friendship... [a] gem of a novel.”
    — Washington Post, Oct 3 2022
  • “Beautifully written and filled with compassion, humor and an abundance of knowledge about old Hollywood.”
    — Bookpage, Oct 1 2022
  • “The novel is a gauzy, glittery and wistful paean to two of Old Hollywood's brightest bulbs as well as a disarmingly frank look at the way status can unjustly diminish with age.”
    — Shelf Awareness, Sep 27 2022
  • “Life-affirming, genuinely affecting, sublime.”
    — NOW Magazine, Sep 25 2022
  • “In its own quiet way, the novel is as odd as the movie it describes: part Hollywood biopic, part Holocaust memoir, part middle-class domestic drama.”
    — The New York Times, Sep 25 2022
  • “I was immediately charmed by this fictional chronicle of a young female Greek composer’s dalliances.”
    — Vulture, Sep 20 2022
  • “A perfect read.”
    — Buzzfeed, Sep 12 2022
  • “It's just a really warm and wonderful and fun and happy book.”
    — All Sides with Ann Fischer (NPR), Aug 19 2022
  • “English author Coe (Middle England) offers a witty elegy for the last gasp of old Hollywood.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Jun 27 2022
  • “If you love novels set in the world of moviemaking, this is as good as the best of them.”
    — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review), Jun 22 2022
  • “A beautifully elegiac novel… One of the best movie-set novels, it sticks closely to the facts but turns them into an elegant, melancholy reflection on Wilder’s escape from Germany, his return to Berlin, and the troubled production of his late-career film maudit.”
    — Bookforum, Mar 28 2022
  • “Outstanding... In a sense, Mr Wilder and Me is the novel toward which Coe’s fiction has always been heading.”
    — Los Angeles Review of Books, Oct 7 2021


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