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What a Carve Up!

What a Carve Up!

Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham, UK in 1961 and is probably best known for his novels the Rotters’ Club and its sequel The Closed Circle.

The Rotters’ Club focuses on the teenage years of Benjamin Trotter growing up in Birmingham in the 1970s and the impact of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings and was adapted for television.

With a new novel out, Expo 58, it is an opportune moment to revisit an earlier novel from Jonathan Coe, What a Carve Up!

This was first published almost 20 years ago – doesn’t time fly – and follows the up-turning fortunes of the Winshaw family as they take to the murky waters of Thatcherism and unregulated capitalism in their pursuit of money.

How do you think Coe’s anger and in places harrowing, but very funny satire of the excesses of 1980s and 1990s Britain stand the test of time? Let us know by leaving your comments and rating.


For those of you living close to Birmingham in the UK,  Jonathan Coe will be talking about his new novel at the Birmingham Literature Festival on the 10th of October 2013.

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  • Simon Tomson September 29, 2013, 7:28 pm

    It does remind me of my youth and how these things seemed important then. It makes you want to get engaged again. To the barricades.

  • John Webber September 29, 2013, 7:25 pm

    To be honest I found it a little dated.

  • Paul September 23, 2013, 9:37 am

    Looking forward to reading his new book. I still enjoy re-reading Jonathan Coe’s novels and many of the things that clearly made him angry when he was writing “What A Carve Up” are still relevant today. In fact the stuff that was bothering him are the source of many of the problems we’re facing at the moment.