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Coe, Jonathan

Works: 152 works in 1,227 publications in 20 languages and 16,123 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Political fiction  Historical fiction  Biographies  Bildungsromans  Picaresque literature  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Other, Creator, Speaker
Classifications: PR6053.O26, 823.914
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The rain before it falls by Jonathan Coe( Book )

74 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 1,641 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 )

58 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,325 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 )

97 editions published between 2001 and 2019 in 16 languages and held by 1,297 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 house of sleep by Jonathan Coe( Book )

102 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 )

62 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,185 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 994 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 his new-found sense of freedom comes at a price: the Cold War is at its height and the mischievous Belgians have placed the American and Soviet pavilions right next to each other
Jimmy Stewart : a wonderful life by Jonathan Coe( Book )

22 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

101 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 743 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 620 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 546 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 )

28 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Like a Fiery Elephant tells the story of B.S. Johnson, one of Britain's most productive, passionate, and controversial writers of the 1960s and 70s. Johnson was an unflinching advocate for the avant-garde in both literature and film, and he held some strong (some would say extreme) views on the future of the novel. Working firmly in the tradition of Sterne, Joyce, and Beckett, he was determined to reinvent the novel with each attempt. His innovations included a book with holes cut through the pages (Albert Angelo) and - most famously - a novel published in a box so that its unbound chapters could be shuffled and read in any order (The Unfortunates)."
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 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aan de hand van de wederwaardigheden van twee jeugdvriendinnen worden op satirische wijze de negatieve gevolgen voor Engeland van een globaliserend kapitalisme geschetst
Humphrey Bogart : take it & like it by Jonathan Coe( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dwarves of death by Jonathan Coe( Book )

40 editions published between 1990 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 311 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 311 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 273 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 236 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
La vie très privée de Mr. Sim : roman by Jonathan Coe( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman familial. Roman psychologique (intime)
The rain before it falls by Jonathan Coe( Recording )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 165 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 )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 106 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 0.14 for Understand ... to 0.99 for Bill, Will ...)

The rain before it falls
The terrible privacy of Maxwell SimThe Rotters' ClubThe 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-

Jonathan Coe écrivain britannique

Jonathan Coe englischer Schriftsteller

Jonathan Coe schrijver uit Engeland

Jonathan Coe scrittore inglese

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