Middle England

Middle England

Set in the Midlands and London over the last eight years, Jonathan Coe follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change and disruption in Britain. There are the early married years of Sophie and Ian who disagree about the future of Britain and, possibly, the future of their relationship; Sophie's grandfather whose final act is to send a postal vote for the European referendum; Doug, the political commentator, whose young daughter despairs of his lack of political nous and Doug's Remaining Tory politician partner who is savaged by the crazed trolls of Twitter. And within all these lives is the story of England itself: a story of nostalgia and irony; of friendship and rage, humour and intense bewilderment.

As acutely alert to the absurdity of the political classes as he is compassionate about those who have been left behind, this is a novel Jonathan Coe was born to write.

Title:Middle England
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780241309469
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    Middle England Reviews

  • Paromjit

    Jonathan Coe continues on themes that have been his natural areas of interest, this time he acutely observes the painfully divisive and depressing state of the nation since 2010 and Brexit through pre...

  • Dem

    A surprisingly enjoyable and easy read. A look at middle England and the referendum that resulted in their decision to leave the EU. A bookclub monthly read and this is exactly why I enjoy bookclub c...

  • Blair

    Middle England revisits characters from Coe’s earlier novels The Rotters’ Club and The Closed Circle – I suppose the three books could be said to form a loose trilogy – and follows the...

  • Andy Marr

    Too long. Far, far, far too long. Also, the enormous amount of time that Coe spent describing the major British political and social events of the past ten years frequently left me wondering whether t...

  • Hugh

    For me, Jonathan Coe's novels feel like a form of literary comfort food or guilty pleasure. You know they will be funny at times, sentimental at others and topical. This state of the nation return to ...

  • Sam Quixote

    First off, Middle England is the third book in Jonathan Coe’s Rotter’s Club series but I’ve not read either The Rotter’s Club or The Closed Circle and you don’t need to either if you’re th...

  • Roman Clodia

    Set between the general election of 2010 that ushered in the coalition government and September 2018, this is a 'state of the nation' novel that tells the story of our times. Anyone who voted Leave ma...

  • Barry Pierce

    Documenting the past decade through a fairly large cast of characters, Middle England is a hugely enjoyable chronicle but has slightly too many plots for its own good....

  • Marina

    There are only a few books which I’ve read more than once. Pride and Prejudice is one of them; Brave New World another. And in this rare group you’ll also find Jonathan Coe’s What a Carve Up! Sa...

  • Anni

    Jonathan Coe has been one of our foremost British exponents of the ‘state of the nation’ genre, with a series of novels following a group of friends throughout their formative years, starting from...