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Jonathan Coe

Bournville
  • Bournville

  • From the bestselling, award-winning author of Middle England comes a profoundly moving, brutally funny and brilliantly true portrait of Britain told through four generations of one family

    'The great chronicler of Englishness' Independent
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    In the Birmingham suburb of Bournville, site of a famous chocolate factory, a family celebrates VE Day in 1945. As the country struggles to understand the war it has just endured, six more national celebrations follow: coronations and football matches, fairy-tale weddings and royal funerals.

    As we travel through seventy-five years of social change, from wartime nostalgia to James Bond and coronavirus, one pressing question starts to emerge: have these milestone celebrations brought the family - and their country - closer together, or left them more adrift and divided than ever before?

    From one of Britain's best-loved novelists comes a story for our times.
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    PRAISE FOR MIDDLE ENGLAND

    'Brilliantly funny . . . a compelling state of the nation novel' Economist

    'A comedy for our times' Guardian

    'Very funny. . . a writer of uncommon decency'Observer

Jonathan Coe was born a few miles from Bournville in 1961. The author of political satires such as What a Carve Up! and Number 11, and family sagas such as The Rotters' Club and The Rain Before It Falls, his novels have won prizes at home and abroad, including Costa Novel of the Year and the Prix du Livre Européen (both for Middle England).

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