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Middle England
Middle England | Jonathan Coe
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A witty and incisive state-of-the-nation novel from the acclaimed author of Number 11, The Rotter's Club andWhat a Carve Up! Set in the Midlands and London over the last eight years, Jonathan Coe follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change and disruption in Britain. 'Probably the best English novelist of his generation' Nick Hornby 'Coe is among the handful of novelists who can tell us something about the temper of our times'Observer 'You can't stop reading....I was haunted for days' Independent on 'Number 11'
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TrishB
Middle England | Jonathan Coe
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Good things about this book: it was the last eight years of my life.
Bad things about this book: it was the last eight years of my life!!
Reliving the Brexit referendum was painful. But the small minded, insidious backlash was spot on and sadly continues. The whole thing is on ongoing shit storm....with an end date in sight. Great read.
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Ooh. I need a break from US politics. Maybe I‘ll give your politics a spin! Great job on getting a prompt completed too! 11mo
Cinfhen Would an ignorant Yankee like me get the nuances of this book, Trish??!!? 11mo
TrishB @BarbaraTheBibliophage if you like politics generally you‘ll enjoy - the people story behind it is great and universal! 11mo
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TrishB @Cinfhen ahhh you‘re not ignorant! I think the people story is universal and you don‘t need to particularly know anything other than people and their insecurities! 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m a little uninformed about British/European politics 🙄 11mo
TrishB @Cinfhen you could still read - it just might not be as terrifying!! If it‘s not your thing it may not be as enjoyable (!) 11mo
Izai.Amorim Meanwhile I doubt brexit will happen. Much Ado about nothing. Three lost years. While they were brexiting, did the country fall apart yet? 11mo
TrishB @Izai.Amorim we all carried on! 11mo
Izai.Amorim 👍👍 Will there be enough place in hell for all the Bexiters and their enablers? I've heard the devil is setting an Express line for all Brexiters holding iconic blue passports.😂 11mo
eraderneely @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m an American in England. I need a break from both!!! 11mo
TrishB @Izai.Amorim I‘ll be waving as they go past 😁 11mo
TrishB @eraderneely you‘re excused 😁 11mo
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TrishB
Middle England | Jonathan Coe
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Lunch break at 2.15 with no lunch 😔 but the book is great, if excruciating!!

Reviewsbylola Beautiful cover and it sounds interesting. 11mo
Leftcoastzen I spy with my little eye a Numan mug! 11mo
TrishB @Reviewsbylola really enjoying it 👍🏻 11mo
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TrishB @Leftcoastzen I may have a mouse mat and calendar too.... 11mo
batsy I loved Rotters Club... I need to read this! 11mo
TrishB @batsy I‘ve not read that one! This one was on my Christmas list. I‘m really enjoying it though. 11mo
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Minervasbutler
Middle England | Jonathan Coe
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Coe brings his Rotters Club characters up to the present with this splendid dissection of Brexit Britain. Perhaps the only weak point is that while Coe is good on the rage and disillusionment that underpinned Brexit, he fails to present a really sympathetic exponent of the Leave camp. (A tough ask, I realise). Vies with Perfidious Albion as the best Brexit novel to date.

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Minervasbutler
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It's hard to satirise the clusterfuck and madness that is Brexit but Coe makes a pretty good fist of it lol

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Minervasbutler
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‘Rail replacement service‘, ‘Kettering‘, ‘Nuneaton‘. Were there five more dispiriting words in the English (or any other) language?
I guess not lol

TrishB 😂😂 12mo
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Eyejaybee
Middle England | Jonathan Coe
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Another marvellous novel from Jonathan Coe, and perhaps the first that I have read which attempts to engage with the impact on Britain of the result of the Brexit referendum. Very amusing, too. See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2597066786. #fiction #book #books #bookstagram #jonathancoe #middleengland #politics #brexit #humour #dauntbooks

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