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Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe - Spies, girls and an Englishman abroad. Trust no one. London, 1958: unassuming civil servant Thomas Foley is plucked from his desk job and sent on a six-month trip to Brussels. His task: to keep an eye on The Britannia, a brand new pub which will form the heart of the British presence at Expo 58 - the biggest World's Fair of the century. As soon as he arrives, Thomas is equally bewitched by the surreal, gigantic Atomium, which stands at the heart of this brave new world, and by Anneke, a lovely Flemish hostess. But Thomas's new-found sense of freedom comes at a price: two British spies are following him. For fans of Jonathan Coe's classic comic bestsellers What a Carve Up! and The Rotters' Club, this hilarious new novel, which is set in the Mad Men period of the mid 50s, will also be loved by readers of Nick Hornby, William Boyd and Ian McEwan. 'Clever and funny, enthralling and moving. Wonderful!' Daily Mail 'Rich and splendidly comic' Independent
**The dazzling new novel from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Middle England** br>br>In the heady summer of 1977, a naive young woman called Calista sets out from Athens to venture into the wider world. On a Greek island that has been turned into a film set, she finds herself working for the famed Hollywood director Billy Wilder, about whom she knows almost nothing. But the time she spends in this glamorous, unfamiliar new life will change her for good.br>br>While Calista is thrilled with her new adventure, Wilder himself is living with the realisation that his star may be on the wane. Rebuffed by Hollywood, he has financed his new film with German money, and when Calista follows him to Munich for the shooting of further scenes, she finds herself joining him on a journey of memory into the dark heart of his family history. br>br>In a novel that is at once a tender coming-of-age story and an intimate portrait of one of cinema''s most intriguing figures, Jonathan Coe turns his gaze on the nature of time and fame, of family and the treacherous lure of nostalgia. When the world is catapulting towards change, do you hold on for dear life or decide it''s time to let go?br>_______________________________________________________br>br>Praise for Jonathan Coebr>br>''Coe is a writer of uncommon decency'' Observerbr>br>''Brilliantly funny'' Economistbr>br>''Superb'' Timesbr>br>''Very, very funny'' Stylist>
'THE BOOK EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT' THE TIMES 'It was tempting to think, at times like this, that some bizarre hysteria had gripped the British people' Beginning eight years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by Poundland, and London, where frenzied riots give way to Olympic fever, Middle England follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change. There are newlyweds Ian and Sophie, who disagree about the future of the country and, possibly, the future of their relationship; Doug, the political commentator who writes impassioned columns about austerity from his Chelsea townhouse, and his radical teenage daughter who will stop at nothing in her quest for social justice; Benjamin Trotter, who embarks on an apparently doomed new career in middle age, and his father Colin, whose last wish is to vote in the European referendum. And within all these lives is the story of modern England: a story of nostalgia and delusion; of bewilderment and barely-suppressed rage. Following in the footsteps of The Rotters' Club and The Closed Circle , Jonathan Coe's new novel is the novel for our strange new times. 'From post-industrial Birmingham to the London riots and the current political gridlock, [ Middle England ] takes in family, literature and love in a comedy for our times' Guardian 'Coe shows an understanding of this country that goes beyond what most cabinet ministers can muster . . . his light, funny writing makes you feel better' Evening Standard ' Middle England is a full-blooded state of the nation novel, and it brings us bang up-to-date' Sunday Times Coe is an extraordinarily deft plotter...the book zips along...he tackles big ambitious themes, in this case the effect of politics on people's lives, and political opinions on personal relations' Mail on Sunday 'Sublimely good. Funny, tender, human and intelligent ... the state of the (Brexit) nation novel to end them all. Jonathan Coe's best since What a Carve Up! ' India Knight ' An astute, enlightened and enlightening journey into the heart of our current national identity crisis. Both moving and funny. As we'd expect from Coe' Ben Elton 'The first great Brexit novel' Sathnam Sanghera 'Let me add to the chorus of praise for Jonathan Coe's new book Middle England . Easily my favourite of his since What a Carve Up!, which did for Thatcherism what Middle England does for Brexit' John Crace 'Brilliant. Read it too fast, finished it too soon' Nigella Lawson 'Coe's comic critique of a divided country dazzles . . . Properly laugh-out-loud funny . . . it is also incisive and brilliant about our divided country and the deep chasms revealed by the vote to leave. Do not miss' The Bookseller 'A copper bottomed masterpiece' Barney Norris
Set in the 1970s against a backdrop of strikes, terrorist attacks and growing racial tension, this novel captures a fateful moment in British politics - the collapse of 'Old Labour' - and imagines its impact on the topsy-turvy world of the bemused teenager: a world in which a lost pair of swimming trunks can be just as devastating as an IRA bomb.
On Millennium night, with Blair presiding over a superficially cool, sexed-up new version of the country, Benjamin Trotter finds himself watching the celebrations on his parents' TV in the same Birmingham house in which he grew up. He is watching his brother, Paul, now a young New Labour MP who has bought wholeheartedly into the Blairite dream.
The hilarious 1980s political satire by Jonathan Coe, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time. 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 isn't; Henry's turning hospitals into car parks; Roddy's selling art in return for sex; down on the farm Dorothy's 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 family's 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
James stewart est sans doute un des acteurs les plus célèbres du monde, par son charme légendaire et sa filmographie exceptionnelle.
(monsieur smith au sénat ou la vie est belle de capra, the shop around the corner de lubitsch, indiscrétions de cukor, fenêtre sur cour ou vertigo d'hitchcock, l'homme qui tua liberty valance de ford, etc. ,. ). il incarne à merveille l'archétype de l'américain, et écrire sa biographie revient, en quelque sorte, à faire celle de l'amérique. jonathan coe est aujourd'hui l'un des meilleurs romanciers anglais et, en france, le plus célèbre de la nouvelle génération d'écrivains britanniques ainsi que l'atteste le triomphe de testament à l'anglaise, la maison du sommeil ou bienvenue au club.
Il est aussi un cinéphile averti (il a aussi écrit sur humphrey bogart), a travaillé longtemps comme critique de cinéma, et a même écrit un article dans les. cahiers du cinéma ! toute sa finesse d'esprit se retrouve dans ce texte à la fois rigoureux et enthousiaste. stewart aurait pu incarner nombre de personnages tirés des romans de coe (notamment michael owen, l'écrivain dépressif de testament à l'anglaise dont coe écrivait qu'il avait " un visage qui inspirait confiance " ; ou robert, l'amoureux élancé et gauche de la maison du sommeil).
Son affinité profonde avec les héros de coe tient à ce mélange miraculeux de banalité et de singularité, de prosaïsme et de poésie. nul mieux que coe ne pouvait traquer le secret au coeur de cette figure transparente et énigmatique. dans un entretien inédit réalisé par marie anne guerin pour la présente édition, jonathan coe expose en introduction les liens profonds qui l'attachent au cinéma et continuent à irriguer son oeuvre d'écrivain au présent.
Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom: separated from his wife and daughter, estranged from his father, and with no one to confide in even though he has 74 friends on Facebook. He's not even sure whether he's got a job until suddenly a strange business proposition comes his way which involves a long journey to the Shetland Isles - and a voyage into his family's past which throws up some surprising revelations.
Jonathan Coe's new book is a story for our times: Maxwell finds himself at sea in the modern world, surrounded by social networks but unable to relate properly to anyone. Yet as he delves into his family history he manages to find the resources to survive.
Après de nombreuses années de théâtre, puis une impressionnante série de seconds rôles de gangsters au cinéma, à l'ombre de James Cagney ou d'Edward G. Robinson, la carrière de Bogart prend sa dimension avec La Grande évasion (Raoul Walsh, 1940). Mais c'est à John Huston que
Bogart doit sa métamorphose : Le Faucon Maltais (1941) crée le personnage de Sam Spade, le premier privé moderne, caustique, intransigeant, farouchement indépendant. Casablanca (Michel Curtiz, 1943) lui donne sa dimension romantique.
Bogart épouse Laureen Bacall en 1945, à la suite du tournage du Port de l'Angoisse. Déjà considéré comme un mythe, il ne fait qu'accroître son talent, film après film, à mesure que la maturité affirme ses personnages.
Du Philip Marlowe du Grand Sommeil à l'alcoolique grincheux devenu héros d'African Queen et à La Comtesse aux pieds nus, Bogart imprime sa marque à son époque.
Les photographies reproduites dans l'ouvrage (16 pages) inédites pour la plupart offre un portrait aussi complet que possible de l'homme et de l'acteur, célébrant son charisme inimitable.
Jonathan Coe nous livre une biographie de Humphrey Bogart qui ne se contente pas de la fadeur idolâtre, mais nous révèle le personnage dans sa totalité, et trouve le ton juste pour évoquer la grandeur et la misère, le désespoir et la gloire.
Jonathan Coe vit à Londres. C'est aujourd'hui l'un des meilleurs romanciers anglais et, en France,
le plus célèbre de la nouvelle génération d'écrivains britanniques ainsi que l'atteste le triomphe de
Testament à l'Anglaise, la Maison du sommeil ou Bienvenue au club. Il est aussi un cinéphile averti
et a travaillé longtemps comme critique de cinéma.
Bienvenue au club
Dans ce roman foisonnant, qui comportera une suite, Jonathan Coe renoue avec la veine de Testament à l'anglaise, usant de tous les styles, entremêlant en virtuose récits et personnages, tirant d'une main experte tous les fils du destin, pour nous offrir à la fois une chronique adolescente tendre et drôle, un roman d'apprentissage nostalgique, et le tableau ample, grave et lucide d'un pays en pleine mutation.
Le cercle fermé
Tout en déroulant la chronique de l'histoire immédiate, du choc de la mondialisation à la guerre en Irak, Jonathan Coe fait le portrait d'une génération en proie à d'irréductibles contradictions. Impitoyable satiriste, il brosse un tableau ravageur de l'Angleterre de Tony Blair, qu'il dénonce avec la fureur vengeresse jadis réservée au thatchérisme. Ce roman est celui d'un conteur à l'habileté diabolique. D'une lucidité aussi réjouissante qu'inconfortable, il se fait le miroir non seulement d'un pays, mais d'une époque tout entière. Et le diptyque que composent Bienvenue au club et Le cercle fermé constitue une fresque aussi ambitieuse et aussi aboutie que Testament à l'anglaise.
The Accidental Woman is a wickedly funny novel from bestseller Jonathan Coe For Maria, nothing is certain. Her life is a chain of accidents. Untouched by friendship, unimpressed by devoted Ronny and his endless marriage proposals, she lives in a world of her own, but not of her own making. Even as she stumbled on through university, work, marriage and motherhood, Maria finds it hard to see what all the fuss is about. Will our heroine ever be able to control the direction of her life, or will it end, as it began, by accident? What does chance next have in store for her? From the author of the award-winning The Rotters' Club and What a Carve Up!, The Accidental Woman will be enjoyed by readers of Nick Hornby and William Boyd and centres on a quirky and highly individual woman who is still struggling to find her place in life. 'The Accidental Woman has a cocky individual voice of its own. . . here's precocious, rebellious talent' Mail on Sunday 'Slyly parodies the cliches of most first novels' Guardian 'A convincing stuffy of the random impetuses by which human lives tend to be governed. It is also very funny' Spectator Jonathan Coe's 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, What a Carve Up! (winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), 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.
The House of Sleep - Jonathan Coe's comic tale of love and obsession Sarah is a narcoleptic who has dreams so vivid she mistakes them for real events; Robert has his life changed for ever by the misunderstandings arising from her condition; Terry, the insomniac, spends his wakeful nights fuelling his obsession with movies; and the increasingly unstable Dr Gregory Dudden sees sleep as a life-shortening disease which must be eradicated. . . A group of students sharing a house. They fall in and out of love, they drift apart. Yet a decade later they are drawn back together by a series of coincidences involving their obsession with sleep - and each other. . . Winner of the 1998 Prix Medicis etranger , The House of Sleep is an intensely moving and frequently hilarious novel about love, obsession and sleep. 'Moving, clever, pleasurable, smart...one of the best books of the year' Malcolm Bradbury, The Times 'There are bits that make you laugh out loud and others that make your heart ache' Guardian 'Fiercely clever, witty, wise, hopeful...a compellingly beautiful tale of love and loss' The Times Literary Supplement Jonathan Coe's novels are filled with biting political satire, 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 , The Rotters' Club (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse prize), The Closed Circle , The Dwarves of Death , What a Carve Up! (winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize) and The Rain Before it Falls , are all available as Penguin paperback.
THE BOOK EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT'' THE TIMESbr>br>''It was tempting to think, at times like this, that some bizarre hysteria had gripped the British people'' br>br>Beginning eight years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by Poundland, and London, where frenzied riots give way to Olympic fever, Middle England follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change.br>br>There are newlyweds Ian and Sophie, who disagree about the future of the country and, possibly, the future of their relationship; Doug, the political commentator who writes impassioned columns about austerity from his Chelsea townhouse, and his radical teenage daughter who will stop at nothing in her quest for social justice; Benjamin Trotter, who embarks on an apparently doomed new career in middle age, and his father Colin, whose last wish is to vote in the European referendum. And within all these lives is the story of modern England: a story of nostalgia and delusion; of bewilderment and barely-suppressed rage.br>br> Following in the footsteps of The Rotters'' Club and The Closed Circle, Jonathan Coe''s new novel is the novel for our strange new times. br>br>br>''From post-industrial Birmingham to the London riots and the current political gridlock, [Middle England] takes in family, literature and love in a comedy for our times'' Guardianbr>br>''Coe shows an understanding of this country that goes beyond what most cabinet ministers can muster . . . his light, funny writing makes you feel better'' Evening Standardbr>br>''Middle England is a full-blooded state of the nation novel, and it brings us bang up-to-date'' Sunday Timesbr>br>Coe is an extraordinarily deft plotter...the book zips along...he tackles big ambitious themes, in this case the effect of politics on people''s lives, and political opinions on personal relations'' Mail on Sundaybr>br>''What is striking about Coe is not so much his flight from Enghlishness as his ambivalent embrace of it '' Financial Timesbr>br>''Slick . . . stylishly engineered . . . you''ll marvel at the extraordinary attention to detail'' Spectatorbr>br>''Coe''s comic critique of a divided country dazzles . . . Properly laugh-out-loud funny . . . it is also incisive and brilliant about our divided country and the deep chasms revealed by the vote to leave. Do not miss'' The Bookseller>
De bien curieux événements se déroulent à ashdown, inquiétante demeure perchée sur une falaise des côtes anglaises.
Naguère, c'était une résidence universitaire, oú se sont croisés sarah la narcoleptique, gregory le manipulateur, veronica la passionnée, robert l'amoureux transi, terry le cinéphile fou. leurs destins ont divergé, mais les spectres du passé continuent de hanter ashdown, devenue une clinique oú le sinistre docteur dudden se livre à de monstrueuses expériences sur les troubles du sommeil. par quelles mystérieuses coïncidences tous les personnages vont-ils s'y retrouver ? et quelles transformations vont-ils subir ? une fresque foisonnante et rigoureuse oú l'illusion amoureuse va jusqu'à l'extrême limite de sa réalisation, et oú la vérité sort toujours des rêves.
Michael owen, un jeune homme dépressif et agoraphobe, a été chargé par la vieille tabitha winshaw d'écrire la chronique de cette illustre famille. cette dynastie se taille en effet la part du lion dans tous les domaines de la vie publique de l'angleterre des années quatre-vingt, profitant sans vergogne de ses attributions et de ses relations. et si la tante tabitha disait vrai ? si les tragédies familiales jamais élucidées étaient en fait des crimes maquillés ? par une nuit d'orage, alors que tous sont réunis au vieux manoir de winshaw towers, la vérité éclatera.
Un véritable tour de force littéraire, à la fois roman policier et cinglante satire politique de l'establishment.
Can desire really transform reality?
From award-winning novelist Jonathan Coe and distinguished Italian artist Chiara Coccorese comes The Broken Mirror, a political parable for children, a contemporary fairy tale for adults, and a fable for all ages.
One day Claire, to escape her quarrelsome parents, takes refuge in the dump behind her house. There she finds a broken mirror, a nasty piece of sharp glass... yet she is strangely drawn to it. She soon discovers it has the power to transform even the most drab reality into a fairy-tale world: the grey sky is reflected blue, and Claire's modest, suburban house is transformed into the most beautiful castle.
As Claire grows older, always accompanied by her magic mirror, she can see her face without her teenage acne, and her town before it fell victim to thieving property developers. But, in reality, libraries are being turned into luxury flats wherever she looks, and the boy Claire loves is instead her worst enemy.
Frustrated and angry with the mirror's illusions, Claire is about to destroy it when the mysterious Peter steps in: he has also found a shard of broken mirror, and so begins their journey to piece together the larger puzzle...
Previously published in Italian, French, Greek and Dutch, The Broken Mirror comes to life in English for the first time, to be read with equal pleasure by children and adults.
Jonathan Coe's Pentatonic is a daring and original story about family and memory inspired by music.
When a family celebrates the prize-giving day at their daughter's secondary school, thoughts turn to their own childhoods. The father remembers his living room piano recital, recorded on a well-worn cassette tape. The mother remembers her own father's war tragedy. As the father searches for the physical reminder of his past and the mother longs to forget her own, they confront the breakdown of their marriage in the present.
In Pentatonic, Jonathan Coe movingly explores the memories that unite us and the experiences that drive us apart. The story is simultaneously available as a digital download with the piece of music which originally inspired the story.
Praise for Jonathan Coe:
'Probably the best English novelist of his generation' Nick Hornby 'Coe has huge powers of observation and enormous literary panache' Sunday Times 'Jonathan Coe's a fine writer who seems to try something new with every book' David Nicholls Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. He is the author of eight bestselling novels including What a Carve Up! and The Rotters' Club, and a biography of the novelist B. S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, which won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction book of the year.