Number 11 by Jonathan Coe
Jonathan Coe takes on twenty-first century Britain with Number 11, a novel about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us all: It’s about the legacy of war and the end of innocence; and how comedy and politics are battling it out (and comedy might have won).
It’s about how 140 characters can make fools of us all, and about living in a city where bankers need cinemas in their basements and others need food banks down the street. It is Jonathan Coe doing what he does best - showing us how we live now.
Number 11 is Jonathan Coe’s eleventh novel. His previous ten novels are all published by Penguin and include the highly acclaimed bestsellers What a Carve Up!, The House of Sleep and The Rotters’ Club. Jonathan was born in Birmingham and lives in London.
‘Coe is among the handful of novelists who can tell us something about the temper of our times’