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Rotters at the heart of Middle England

Monday 5th November 2018

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Our must-see event: Jonathan Coe on Middle England, his finest work to date


Expect literary fireworks on 5 November at 7.30pm when we are wildly excited to welcome one of our favourite authors to West Hampstead to talk about his latest, and we believe, greatest novel to date.

Jonathan Coe will be reading from and answering questions about Middle England, which picks up the fortunes of the now middle aged protagonists of The Rotters Club and their families,  and which will almost certainly become known as the key Brexit novel

Set in the Midlands and London over the last eight years, ME follows this 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 bewilderment.As 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. We loved Middle England and can’t wait to share it with you.

As demand for seats is high, we are hosting this talk in the nearby Sherriff Centre in St James Church Sherriff Road. Entry is £5 and you will need to book in advance via the shop or 0207 431 3770/info@welbooks.co.uk