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Coe, Jonathan

Works: 129 works in 1,053 publications in 19 languages and 15,299 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Political fiction  Picaresque literature  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Humorous fiction  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewee, Speaker, Creator
Classifications: PR6053.O26, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Jonathan Coe
Most widely held works by Jonathan Coe
The rain before it falls by Jonathan Coe( Book )

75 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,810 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 terrible privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe( Book )

63 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 1,503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maxwell Sim feels he has no meaningful connection to anyone in his life. Trying to get out of this rut, Max quits his job as a customer service employee at a local department store. He accepts a job to drive a Prius full of toothbrushes to the remote Shetland Islands as part of a misguided promotional campaign for a dental hygiene company with the slogan, "We reach furthest." Things don't go as planned and Max makes some impromptu stops to a few of the important people in his life. These are cruelly enlightening and intensely awkward. Max eventually finds himself falling in love with the soothing voice of the GPS system ("Emma"). Max begins to wonder if he lacks the ability to establish actual relationships
The Rotters' Club by Jonathan Coe( Book )

107 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 16 languages and held by 1,408 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 Winshaw legacy : or, what a carve up! by Jonathan Coe( Book )

107 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 1,258 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
The house of sleep by Jonathan Coe( Book )

98 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in 16 languages and held by 1,218 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 )

58 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,194 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 )

41 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London, 1958: unassuming civil servant Thomas Foley is plucked from his desk at the Central Office of Information and sent on a six-month trip to Brussels. His task: to keep an eye on The Brittania, a brand new pub which will form the heart of the British presence at Expo 58 - the biggest World's Fair of the century, and the first to be held since the Second World War. As soon as he arrives at the site, Thomas feels that he has escaped a repressed, backward-looking country and fallen headlong into an era of modernity and optimism. But Thomas' new-found sense of freedom comes at a price: the Cold War is at its height, the mischievous Belgians have placed the American and Soviet pavilions right next to each other - and why is he being followed everywhere by two mysterious emissaries of the British Secret Service?
Number 11 by Jonathan Coe( Book )

36 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 942 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"--
Jimmy Stewart : a wonderful life by Jonathan Coe( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A heavily illustrated biography of the movie star
Like a fiery elephant : the story of B.S. Johnson by Jonathan Coe( Book )

29 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 526 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
Humphrey Bogart : take it & like it by Jonathan Coe( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dwarves of death by Jonathan Coe( Book )

39 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 323 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 )

35 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

34 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 262 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 )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 252 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
The rain before it falls by Jonathan Coe( Recording )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 179 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. This is a story of generations, of the relationships within a family--and of what goes to make a child
The closed circle : a novel by Jonathan Coe( Recording )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 119 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
De gebroken spiegel by Jonathan Coe( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in Dutch and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toen Claire acht jaar was, vond ze op een vuilnisbelt een stuk van een gebroken spiegel. Als ze in de spiegel kijkt, ziet de nare werkelijkheid er sprookjesachtig mooi uit. Op een dag ontmoet ze een jongen die ook een stukje spiegel heeft. Vanaf ca. 12 jaar
The Rotter's Club by Jonathan Coe( Recording )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Birmingham, England, C. 1973: Industrial Strikes. Bad Pop Music, Corrosive Class Warfare, Adolescent Angst, Ira Bombings. Four Friends: A Class Clown Who Stoops Very Low for a Laugh; a Confused Artist Enthralled by Guitar Rock; an Earnest Radical With Socialist Leanings; and a Quiet Dreamer Obsessed with Poetry, God, and the Prettiest Girl in School. As the World Appears to Self-Destruct Around Them, They Hold Together to Navigate the Choppy Waters of a Decidedly Ambiguous Decade."--The publisher - (July 2006)
What a carve up! by Jonathan Coe( Recording )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1980s Britain, the Winshaw family--an integral part of the British Establishment--are becoming more wealthy and corrupt by the day. Newspaper columnist Hilary Winshaw gets thousands for telling it like it isn't; Henry is turning hospitals into carparks; Roddy is selling art in return for sex; down on the farm, Dorothy's squealing every last pound from her livestock; Thomas is making a killing on the stock exchange, and Mark is selling arms to dictators. Michael Pearce, a reclusive novelist (and our narrator), is commissioned to write their biography by a wealthy geriatric who wishes to expose them
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The rain before it falls
Alternative Names
Coe Jonathan

Coe, Jonathan 1961-

Jonathan Coe écrivain britannique

Jonathan Coe englischer Schriftsteller

Jonathan Coe schrijver uit Engeland

Jonathan Coe scrittore inglese

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Джонатан Коу

Коу, Джонатан

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The terrible privacy of Maxwell SimThe Rotters' ClubThe Winshaw legacy : or, what a carve up!The house of sleepThe closed circleJimmy Stewart : a wonderful lifeLike a fiery elephant : the story of B.S. JohnsonThe dwarves of death