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Coe, Jonathan

Works: 152 works in 1,226 publications in 20 languages and 16,190 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Political fiction  Historical fiction  Bildungsromans  Picaresque literature  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Creator, Other, Speaker
Classifications: PR6053.O26, 823.914
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Most widely held works about Jonathan Coe
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The rain before it falls by Jonathan Coe( Book )

89 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 1,761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A family saga examines the events and relationships that bind three generations of women, as the elderly Rosamond records her memories of her troubled cousin Beatrix and the tragedy that transformed all of their lives
The Rotters' Club by Jonathan Coe( Book )

119 editions published between 2001 and 2019 in 16 languages and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four teenage boys deal with the hopes, dreams, traumas, and challenges of adolescence as they come of age in industrial Birmingham, a British city that is confronting its own economic crisis, during the upheaval of the 1970s
The terrible privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe( Book )

63 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom. Estranged from his father, newly divorced, unable to communicate with his only daughter, he realizes that while he may have seventy-four friends on Facebook, there is nobody in the world with whom he can actually share his problems. Then a business proposition comes his way -- a strange exercise in corporate PR that will require him to spend a week driving from London to a remote retail outlet on the Shetland Isles. Setting out with an open mind, good intentions and a friendly voice on his SatNav for company, Maxwell finds that this journey soon takes a more serious turn, and carries him not only to the furthest point of the United Kingdom, but into some of the deepest and darkest corners of his own past. In his sparkling and hugely enjoyable new book Jonathan Coe reinvents the picaresque novel for our time
The house of sleep by Jonathan Coe( Book )

108 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in 17 languages and held by 1,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a sleep-disorder clinic in Britain, a doctor performs experiments on a motley bunch to have them do with less sleep. A satirical look at British attitudes to sleep, sex, work, medical care and, inevitably, class
The closed circle by Jonathan Coe( Book )

63 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brothers Paul and Benjamin Trotter find their lives blown apart when they encounter enemies from their childhood days who still hold grudges over the way the brothers treated them
Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe( Book )

48 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An English public employee becomes embroiled in a Soviet plot while he oversees the construction of an authentic British pub being showcased at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels
Jimmy Stewart : a wonderful life by Jonathan Coe( Book )

22 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A heavily illustrated biography of the movie star
What a carve up! by Jonathan Coe( Book )

104 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael is a lonely writer, obsessed by a film featuring a mad knifeman. When he is commissioned to write the family history of the Winshaws he realizes that the family have cast a blight on his life and he decides to take his revenge by re-enacting his favourite film
Number 11 by Jonathan Coe( Book )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jonathan Coe finally provides a sequel to The Winshaw Legacy, the 1995 novel that introduced American readers to one of Britain's most exciting new writers -- an acerbic, hilariously dark, and unflinching portrait of modern society. In Number 11, Coe has filled his intricate plot with a truly Dickensian cast of characters. The novel opens in the early aughts with two ten-year-old girls, Alison and Rachel, and their frightening encounter with the "Mad Bird Woman," a mysterious figure who lives down the road. As the narrative progresses through time, the novel broadens in scope toward other people who are somehow connected to the two girls. We follow the trials and tribulations of Alison's mother, a has-been singer, as she competes on TV's reality hit I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! Rachel's university mentor confronts her late husband's disastrously obsessive search for an untraceable German film he saw as a child. A young police constable investigates the seemingly accidental and unrelated deaths of two stand-up comedians. And when Rachel becomes a nanny for ludicrously wealthy family, she discovers a dark and terrifying secret lying beneath their immense mansion in London's most staggeringly expensive neighborhood. Combining psychological insight, social commentary, vicious satire, and even surrealist horror, this highly accomplished work holds a revealing and disquieting mirror up to the world we live in today"--
The Winshaw legacy : or, what a carve up! by Jonathan Coe( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A social satire on Britain today. The narrator is a writer hired to do the biography of a prominent upper-class family. In the process, he finds the family represents everything that is wrong with the country, from Hilary, the yellow journalist, to Thomas, the inside trader, to Henry, the hypocritical medicare reformer, and so up and down the family tree
Like a fiery elephant : the story of B.S. Johnson by Jonathan Coe( Book )

29 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of Johnson's life is fascinating enough - involving, as it does, parental abandonment during World War II, encounters with a mysterious poetic goddess in Wales, brushes with the British Secret Service, and a trail of exasperated editors, publishers, and agents, all of whom were unable to match Johnson's boundless energy and recklessly high standards."--Jacket
Nummer 11, of Vertellingen die getuigen van waanzin : roman by Jonathan Coe( Book )

28 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a novel about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us all. It's about the legacy of war and the end of innocence. It's about how comedy and politics are battling it out and comedy might have won. It's about how 140 characters can make fools of us all. It's about living in a city where bankers need cinemas in their basements and others need food banks down the street. It is Jonathan Coe doing what he does best - showing us how we live now. "Coe is among the handful of novelists who can tell us something about the temper of our times."
Humphrey Bogart : take it & like it by Jonathan Coe( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dwarves of death by Jonathan Coe( Book )

41 editions published between 1990 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William has a lot on his mind. Firstly there's The Alaska Factory, the band he plays in. They're no good and they make his songs sound about as groovy as an unpressed record. In fact they're so bad he's seriously thinking of leaving to join a group called The Unfortunates. Secondly, there's Madeleine, his high-maintenance girlfriend whose idea of a night of passion is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical followed by a doorstep peck on the cheek. Maybe they're not soulmates after all? Lastly, there's the bizarre murder he's just witnessed. The guiding force behind The Unfortunates lies bludgeoned to death at his feet and, unfortunately for William, there aren't too many other suspects standing nearby ..."--Page 4 of cover
A touch of love by Jonathan Coe( Book )

38 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse : Roman de société
The accidental woman by Jonathan Coe( Book )

35 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Indifferent by choice, indecisive by nature, Maria ploughs her way through fifteen years of womanhood, unable to see what all the fuss is about. Will she ever be able to direct the course of her own life, or wil it end as it began - by accident?
The terrible privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe( Recording )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While he may have 74 friends on Facebook, there is nobody in the world with whom Maxwell Sim can actually share his problems. Then business requires him to drive to the Shetland Isles, but the journey soon takes a more serious turn ... Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom
The rain before it falls by Jonathan Coe( Recording )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rosamund lies dying in her remote Shropshire home. But before she does so, she has one last task: to put on tape not just her own story but the story of the young blind girl, her cousin's granddaughter, who turned up mysteriously at her party all those years ago
BROKEN MIRROR by Jonathan Coe( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can desire really transform reality? From award-winning novelist Jonathan Coe and distinguished Italian artist Chiara Coccorese comes The Broken Mirror, a contemporary fairy tale for adults, and a fable for all ages. One day Claire, to escape her quarrelsome parents, takes refuge in the dump behind her house. There she finds a broken mirror, a nasty piece of sharp glass ... yet she is strangely drawn to it. She soon discovers it has the power to transform even the most drab reality into a fairy-tale world: the grey sky is reflected blue, and Claire's modest, suburban house is transformed into the most beautiful castle. As Claire grows older, always accompanied by her magic mirror, she can see her face without her teenage acne, and her town before it fell victim to thieving property developers. But, in reality, libraries are being turned into luxury flats wherever she looks, and the boy Claire loves is instead her worst enemy. Frustrated and angry with the mirror's illusions, Claire is about to destroy it when the mysterious Peter steps in: he has also found a shard of broken mirror, and so begins their journey to piece together the larger puzzle ... Previously published in Italian, French, Greek and Dutch, The Broken Mirror comes to life in English for the first time, to be read with equal pleasure by children and adults
The closed circle : a novel by Jonathan Coe( Recording )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Closed Circle follows the adolescent characters from The Rotters' Club into middle age. On New Year's Eve of 1999, with Tony Blair presiding over a glossy new version of Britain, Benjamin Trotter watches the celebration on television in the same Birmingham house where he'd grown up. Watches, in fact, his younger brother Paul, now a member of Parliament and a rising star of New Labour, glad-handing his way through the festive crowd at the Millennium Dome. Neither of them could guess their lives are about to implode."--The publisher
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Audience level: 0.50 (from 0.13 for Understand ... to 0.99 for Bill, Will ...)

The rain before it falls
The Rotters' ClubThe terrible privacy of Maxwell SimThe house of sleepThe closed circleJimmy Stewart : a wonderful lifeWhat a carve up!The Winshaw legacy : or, what a carve up!Like a fiery elephant : the story of B.S. Johnson
Alternative Names
Coe Jonathan

Coe, Jonathan 1961-

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Jonathan Coe englischer Schriftsteller

Jonathan Coe schrijver uit Engeland

Jonathan Coe scrittore inglese

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