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Middle England 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 There are the early married years of Sophie and Ian who disagree about the future of Britain and, possibly, the future of their relationship Sophie s grandfather whose final act is to send a postal vote for the European referendum Doug, the political commentator, whose young daughter despairs of his lack of political nous and Doug s Remaining Tory politician partner who is savaged by the crazed trolls of Twitter And within all these lives is the story of England itself a story of nostalgia and irony of friendship and rage, humour and intense bewildermentAs acutely alert to the absurdity of the political classes as he is compassionate about those who have been left behind, this is a novel Jonathan Coe was born to write ❰Reading❯ ➿ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Lavons.co.uk Jonathan Coe follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change and disruption in Britain There are the early married years of Sophie and Ian who disagree about the future of Britain and [EPUB] ✷ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector By Delores Fossen – Lavons.co.uk possibly ❰EPUB❯ ✰ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – Lavons.co.uk the future of their relationship Sophie s grandfather whose final act is to send a postal vote for the European referendum Doug ❰Epub❯ ❧ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Auteur Carole Mortimer – Lavons.co.uk the political commentator ➵ [Reading] ➷ If the Stiletto Fits... By Wendy Etherington ➪ – Lavons.co.uk whose young daughter despairs of his lack of political nous and Doug s Remaining Tory politician partner who is savaged by the crazed trolls of Twitter And within all these lives is the story of England itself a story of nostalgia and irony of friendship and rage ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☄ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, Author Cindi Myers – Lavons.co.uk humour and intense bewildermentAs acutely alert to the absurdity of the political classes as he is compassionate about those who have been left behind [PDF] ❤ Ruthlessly Royal (Self-Made Millionaires By Robyn Donald – Lavons.co.uk this is a novel Jonathan Coe was born to write I didn t realise until the very end thatA Rose Between Two Thornsthe novel written by the hero, Benjamin Trotter is based round a metaphor for post war Britain leading up to Brexit The French student staying at his writing school gives the game away.it conveys the desolation of a lifelived by the hero, metaphorically the UKthat is built entirely on failure For me it is the story of a man who has failed in every area of his life and so he invests all his dreams of happiness toI didn t realise until the very end thatA Rose Between Two Thornsthe novel written by the hero, Benjamin Trotter is based round a metaphor for post war Britain leading up to Brexit The French student staying at his writing school gives the game away.it conveys the desolation of a lifelived by the hero, metaphorically the UKthat is built entirely on failure For me it is the story of a man who has failed in every area of his life and so he invests all his dreams of happiness to this one woman, this one love affair which turns out to be the greatest failure of all It s a life which lacks any kind of achievement, any kind of self knowledge and so in the end any kind of hope.The book was a bit too middle class for me, which is saying something as I m about as middle class as they get Jonathan Coe continues on themes that have been his natural areas of interest, this time he acutely observes the painfully divisive and depressing state of the nation since 2010 and Brexit through previous characters he once again resurrects along with the creation of new ones Cameron as Prime Minister breaks Britain apart with his partner in crime, Osborne, inflicting an austerity on the poor and middle class whilst those who created the economic crisis, the bankers, walk away with impunity C Jonathan Coe continues on themes that have been his natural areas of interest, this time he acutely observes the painfully divisive and depressing state of the nation since 2010 and Brexit through previous characters he once again resurrects along with the creation of new ones Cameron as Prime Minister breaks Britain apart with his partner in crime, Osborne, inflicting an austerity on the poor and middle class whilst those who created the economic crisis, the bankers, walk away with impunity Cameron s misjudgements are now legendary and it is unlikely history will be kind to him, his willingness to put Tory Eurosceptics above the interest of the country along with his efforts to encroach on UKIP territory for votes with his referendum on leaving Europe He then proceeds to walk away from the unholy mess he created, the architect of the incoming car crash government of Teresa May Coe s trademark wit and comic humour is present, albeit severely curtailed given the bleakness of the circumstances His characters capture the rage and anger prevalent in the nation, the precarious economic uncertainties blamed on immigrants and Europe, the inability of so many to come to terms with the new realities amidst a nostalgia for the past when Britain actually made things Families and marriages are torn apart or hampered by desperately strained relationships, trying to ignore key faultlines in their differing perspectives Coe takes us through the years with the 2011 riots and Coriander developing her radical political perspectives, whilst despising her out of touch political commentator of a father and her mother s lifestyle The brief illusory moments of national unity provided by the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics captivate a number of the characters, especially the gay Sohan The Leave Campaign s twisted lies and manipulation takes place in a toxic climate with key elements of the press labelling those who oppose Leave as enemies of the state and traitors, as the country s deep fissures are publicly exposed Coe excels in the connections he makes between the personal and the political, the past and present, and in capturing the seismic shifts of a nation as its mental health disintegrates with Brexit Whilst there is very little cheer in the bleakness of future prospects, there are distinct moments of solidarity, support and hope Benjamin reaching out to a long lost childhood friend experiencing the sharp end of austerity with his reliance on foodbanks, the possibility of a marriage saved from the brink of permanent separation, and other examples provide the small chinks of light for the future I found myself completely immersed in this perceptive and timely study of Britain and Brexit through the well honed characters that inhabit this novel Highly recommended Many thanks to Penguin UK for an ARC Middle England revisits characters from Coe s earlier novels Too long Far, far, far too long Also, the enormous amount of time that Coe spent describing the major British political and social events of the past ten years frequently left me wondering whether this was a novel or a short history of modern Britain Altogether, the work was 200 pages too long, and a deeply frustrating read.

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