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The Rotters' Club
The Rotters' Club | Jonathan Coe
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Jonathan Coe's widely acclaimed novel is set in the 1970s against a distant backdrop of strikes, terrorist attacks and growing racial tension. A group of young friends inherit the editorship of their school magazine and begin to put their own distinctive spin onto events in the wider world. A zestful comedy of personal and social upheaval, The Rotters' Club 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.
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BarbaraBB
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Such a sparkling novel about a group of friends at a renowned school in Birmingham, England. They are the editors of the school newspaper in the turbulent seventies. Strikes and politics paralyze the country (not unlike today‘s England…), the IRA is terrorizing the city, and the boys discover pop music and love. Coe as always writes funny with a serious undertone.

batsy I might have said this multiple times before, but I really enjoyed this book! 😆 5d
Tanisha_A Sounds so good! 5d
Cinfhen I stacked this a few weeks ago based on a recommendation from @arlenefinnigan 💚 5d
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arlenefinnigan Love this book! 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Everyone does 😉, @arlenefinnigan is very convincing 🤪 5d
ValerieAndBooks This is in my TBR!! 5d
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squirrelbrain
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Look what‘s just arrived @jhod ! Thank you so much - this is one that I stacked when I was hosting the challenge last month.... I think based on the recommendation of @arlenefinnigan ! I love this cover too....

arlenefinnigan One of my favourite books ever. My copy has woodchip wallpaper for the cover 😂 1w
BarbaraBB What a coincidence. I also just started this book, based on @arlenefinnigan ‘s recommendation! 1w
jhod Happy Birthday! 😘 1w
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squirrelbrain How funny @BarbaraBB ! We could have done a buddy read, but i‘m already reading two other books... 🤷‍♀️ 1w
BarbaraBB It‘s no buddy read material I think. It is the kind of book you can‘t stop reading once you start it! 😘 (edited) 1w
squirrelbrain Look forward to it @BarbaraBB ... see how good it sounds @jhod - thank you! 😘 1w
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arlenefinnigan
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Claire's sister Miriam going #Missing is one of the many interwoven plot threads in this book. It's brilliant. #AyUpAugust @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen

squirrelbrain Another one to add onto the TBR list! 1mo
Cinfhen Maybe I‘ll look for this book today on my book shopping date with @MicheleinPhilly xx 1mo
CarolynM Great book! 1mo
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arlenefinnigan
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BarbaraBB Ooh I want to read this one too! Is it good? 6mo
Cinfhen I still need to get to this book! Thanks for the reminder 🤓 6mo
arlenefinnigan @BarbaraBB it's brilliant. Couldn't put it down. 6mo
batsy @BarbaraBB I loved it! 6mo
BarbaraBB @batsy @arlenefinnigan So good to know! I loved some of his other books! 6mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen Ohhh, maybe I can use this for #pop19 #SetAtUni (edited) 10mo
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen this is set in high school. It's a fantastic book, Jonathan Coe is such a good writer. 10mo
batsy @arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen Agreed, it's a fabulous read! 10mo
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Cinfhen Darn!!! All my set at school books are in HS 😝 10mo
BarbaraBB I just bought this one after loving his House of Sleep! 10mo
Billypar I like the sound of this one! (I initially read the title as 'The Coe Rotters' Club' and was briefly confused 😂). 10mo
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arlenefinnigan
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CarolynM Good choice👏👏👏 1y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Today's #tattoo prompt reminded me I have these two Penguin Ink covers. I don't know how many covers there are now, but they're all designed by tattoo artists. The Rotters' Club is TBR, and I've already read Bridget Jones's Diary but couldn't resist this cover. For the record I have no tattoos, nor any interest in getting any 😊. I do have 11 piercings (all on my ears).

Minervasbutler Loved The Rotter's Club and its sequel! 2y
swishandflick I have that copy of Bridget Jones too! Love it ♥️ 2y
Cinfhen Those are both gorgeous editions 💕🙌🏻love it!!!! 2y
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moarbookspleaze Lovely covers 2y
DebinHawaii I'm coveting the Bridget Jones's Diary cover! ❤️ 2y
arlenefinnigan @Minervasbutler same! Couldn't put them down. 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess I have the Bridget Jones and love it. I think that there are eight covers. 2y
batsy I loved The Rotters Club! Agree with @arlenefinnigan, it was thoroughly absorbing. 2y
ReadingEnvy I love the Penguin Ink covers 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Minervasbutler there's a sequel?? Good to know!! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @swishandflick now I just need to read from this copy 😊 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Cinfhen now I think I need to find the other Penguin Ink covers 😄! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @moarbookspleaze I love the colors and designs on these! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @DebinHawaii sure is better than the movie tie-in one that I had given away before coming across this cover 😊! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @arlenefinnigan @Minervasbutler @batsy I will have to move this higher up my TBR, then. I found it used and the cover was actually what caught my eye! Have not read anything else by Coe yet. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Graciouswarriorprincess were you able to find a comprehensive list? I haven't yet, but it does look like about eight. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @ReadingEnvy so do I, and looking at my two together yesterday makes me want them all now 😆!! 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @ValerieAndBooks only on Amazon. I think it was only those eight. 2y
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arlenefinnigan
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#booktober #BookSetInASchool
well a lot of it is, anyway. brilliant book.

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writerlibrarian
Rotters' Club | Jonathan Coe
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This portrayal of England in the 1970 in a working-class blue collar town is both fascinating and somewhat foreign. We follow the teenage years of a group of friends Benjamin the writer, Philip the historian, Doug the leader, Harding, the joker. Coe succeeds in making us care about the love triangles, the angst, the deception all mirrored in their parents lives also. Adultery, depression, violence are all part of their lives. Really good. 👍👍