What A Carve Up – Jonathan Coe Staff Pick

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The book turned me into a lifelong Coe fan. So good is this novel that I must have re-read this a dozen times. With a mysterious death at the centre of a family of miscreant and grotesques, biographer Michael has one hell of a job on his hands! Brilliant!

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What a Carve Up! – a hilarious 1980s political satire by Jonathan Coe It is the 1980s and the Winshaw family are getting richer and crueller by the year: Newspaper-columnist Hilary gets thousands for telling it like it isnt; Henrys turning hospitals into car parks; Roddys selling art in return for sex; down on the farm Dorothys squeezing every last pound from her livestock; Thomas is making a killing on the stock exchange; and Mark is selling arms to dictators. But once their hapless biographer Michael Owen starts investigating the familys trail of greed, corruption and immoral doings, the time growing ripe for the Winshaws to receive their comeuppance. . . This wickedly funny take on life under the Thatcher government was the winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize A sustained feat of humour, suspense and polemic, full of twists and ironies Hilary Mantel, Sunday Times A riveting social satire on the chattering and all-powerful upper classes Time Out Big, hilarious, intricate, furious, moving Guardian Jonathan Coes novels are filled with biting social commentary, moving and astute observations of life and hilarious set pieces that have made him one of the most popular writers of his generation. His other titles, The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Rotters Club (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse prize), The Closed Circle, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, The House of Sleep (winner of the1998 Prix Medicis Etranger), and The Rain Before it Falls, are all available in Penguin paperback.

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26/06/2014