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About the Author

Jonathan Coe was born in 1961 in Lickey, a suburb of south-west Birmingham. His first novel, The Accidental Woman was published in 1987. His best-selling novels include What a Carve Up! and The Rotters' Club (2001). He is the recipient of many prizes and awards, including both Costa Novel of the Year and Prix du Livre Européen. He won France's Prix Médicis for The House of Sleep and Italy's Premio Flaiano and Premio Bauer-Ca' Foscari.


★ "Coe...deftly encapsulates 80 years of British history in this tender portrait of a woman, based on his mother, who lived through it all."--Library Journal (starred)

"One family's odyssey spotlights England's transformation between VE Day and the coronavirus pandemic....Perfect for readers who appreciate thoughtful and substantive fiction."--Kirkus Reviews

"With his third novel in four years, Coe is on a roll; he tracks the fortunes of a family through snapshots of communal experiences, from the Queen's coronation through the 1966 World Cup to pandemic lockdown, in a moving, compassionate portrait of individual and national change."―The Guardian (UK), Best Fiction of 2022

"A compelling social history that's sprinkled throughout with Coe's inimitable humour, love and white-hot anger."--Evening Standard (UK)

"A hugely impressive state-of-the-nation tale."―The Observer (UK)

"This charming read is as warming, rich and comforting as a mug of hot chocolate."―The Times (UK)

'This is another eminently readable Coe, full of believable characters and fizzing dialogue. And it couldn't be more timely."―Big Issue (UK)

"Told with compassion, steadiness, decency and always a glint in the eye, this is a novel that both challenges and delights. For anyone who has felt lost in the past six years, it is like meeting an ally."--Rachel Joyce, author of Miss Benson's Beetle

"Warm-hearted, brilliant and beguiling...To show three generations of an ordinary Midlands family, their paths taken and not taken, their friends, lovers, jobs, achievements and losses; to interweave this with 75 years of national history--and to do so with such a lightness of touch is a tremendous achievement. All the absurdities of our nation wrapped up in something as bitter, sweet, and addictive as a bar of the best Bournville chocolate."--Amanda Craig, author of The Golden Rule