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What a Carve Up!
What a Carve Up! | Jonathan Coe
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A brilliant noir farce, a dystopian vision of Britain, a family history and the story of an obsession. Michael is a lonely, rather pathetic writer, obsessed by the film, 'What A Carve Up!' in which a mad kinfeman cuts his way through the inhabitants of a decrepit stately pile as the thunder rages. Inexplicably he is commissioned to write the family history of the Winshaws, an upper class Yorkshire clan whose members have a finger in every establishment pie, from arms dealing to art dealing, from politics to banking to the popular press and factory farming. During his researches Michael realizes that the Winshaws have cast a blight on his life, as they have on Britain. His confidence, his sexual and personal identity begin to reform. In a climax set in the Winshaw's family seat the novel turns into the film, 'What A Carve Up!' as a murderous maniac stalks the family and Michael discovers the significance of Shirley Eaton's lingere.
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amok
What a Carve Up! | Jonathan Coe
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My favourite novel by my favourite author. Coe's characters are interesting people who represent the society they live in perfectly well, no matter whether they are well regarded members, outcasts or anarchists.

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arlenefinnigan
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Cathythoughts Fair play to that little penguin 🐧🐧🐧 13mo
arlenefinnigan @Cathythoughts got to love a Penguin cover 🐧 13mo
Cinfhen The penguin🐧worthy of all the #LitsyLove 🖤🧡 13mo
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This book (American title The Winshaw Legacy) is thoroughly entertaining. Full of humor, satire, and twists and turns. A whole lot of social commentary as we learn the stories of the Winshaws, with fascinating interludes covering the life of their would-be biographer, topped off with a stormy night at an isolated mansion with a killer on the loose. Seriously, there is so much going on here, and I loved it all.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books for the win😃

BarbaraBB Yay 🙌 14mo
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sprainedbrain
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Foregoing my normal lunchtime walk today for two reasons: 1) it‘s ridiculously hot and humid again, and I‘m not feeling it and 2) I really want to finish this book.

Part two has taken a decidedly fun turn into a murder mystery in a remote, dodgy mansion, full of irreverent humor, and just as I was thinking how Clue-like it was I came to this line. 😂

BookNAround 😂😂😂 14mo
ReadZenRites Darn! I always go with Colonel Mustard in the BILLIARD room with a candlestick. 😁😂 So very Clue-ish! 14mo
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sprainedbrain
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Did I mention this book is cracking me up?

These characters are just fantastic. This whole exchange between Findlay and Michael is making me 😂.

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sprainedbrain
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This book is cracking me up!

#1001books

MayJasper 🍗🐓🍗🐔🍗 14mo
BarbaraBB I really really liked this one! 14mo
Reggie Um yeah, stacked, lololol 14mo
Suet624 😂😂😂 14mo
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sprainedbrain
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New book!

Because I like to live dangerously, I often start 400+ page books 4 days before my library loan expires. 😬

RaimeyGallant The song Living on the Edge popped into my head. 1y
BarbaraBB This is a really really good book. You will easily finish it in 4 days 😘 1y
Chili This book is a trip! 1y
1001BooksPodcast I‘m so guilty of doing that! 1y
SledgeReader Living on the edge! Love it!!! 1y
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arlenefinnigan
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Reviewsbylola Iv never heard of this but the synopsis sounds good—and also a bit strange! 1y
Mdargusch That sounds like a crazy book! 1y
arlenefinnigan @Mdargusch oh it is that. I love Jonathan Coe. So many plot threads woven together. 1y
emilyhaldi This book sounds fab. And nuts. #stacked! 1y
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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen Hahahaha😂😂😂 2y
TrishB 😂😂👍🏻 2y
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Leannr
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When you start dressing like the book you're reading 👗📕

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Leannr
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"Do you want to watch the match in the pub?" is one of my favourite things Leon asks. It means I get to drink pints and read my book undisturbed for 90 minutes ????

tricours Sounds perfect! 2y
mrozzz That does sound perfect. 😊 2y
abbsinwonderland That cover is very intriguing! 2y
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Leannr @abbsinwonderland that's the reason I bought it ! 😂 the cover is completely unrelated to the story though 🙃 2y
abbsinwonderland @Leannr ahhh imagine that. Lol. Still added to my stack :) 2y
Leannr It's still a good story though @abbsinwonderland he weaves all these threads of characters together, things you'd forgotten about turn out to be tied together, in a slightly contrived way but still enjoyed it. 2y
MrBook Love me a Guinness 😎👌🏻. 2y
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Leannr
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Starting this today, all cosy-ed up with a fluffy blanket 👌🏻 never read anything from Coe before but picked this one up for €1 in a charity shop!

BarbaraBB It is a very good and entertaining book! 2y
Leannr @barbaraBB excellent news! It's always good to hear that a tome you're about to become invested in is worth it 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
BarbaraBB Definitely. You won't be sorry I think! 2y
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arlenefinnigan
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All the Winshaws are horrible, but Hilary probably deserves a nasty death the most.
#UnlikeableCharacter #AprilBookShowers @RealLifeReading

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arlenefinnigan
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#BookWithinABook #ReadJanuary
Are we reading the biography of the Winshaws as we read this?

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arlenefinnigan
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#DysfunctionalFamily #photoadaynov16
Yep, this one again. The Winshaws are truly awful.

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arlenefinnigan
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#photoadaynov16 #PoliticalFiction
This book is brilliant. Jonathan Coe weaves so many narrative strands together, I don't know how he managed to keep track. Subtly attacks the values of Thatcherism.

JonathanDunne I haven't read this. Is it humour? 3y
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arlenefinnigan
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#booktober Text only cover.

Phwoar. Penguin Books are fit.