Jonathan Coe

It was announced tonight that Penguin General author Jonathan Coe has won the annual Costa Book of the Year Award with his novel Middle England – a book which captures the comedy and tragedy of our times by exploring how Brexit has impacted people up and down the country through a vivid cast of characters. Described as ‘brilliantly funny’ by The Economist, Middle England is a ‘compelling state of the nation novel, full of light and shade, which vivdly charts modern Britain’s tragicomic slide’.

The £30,000 winning book was chosen from five categories: Best Novel – Middle England by Penguin General author Jonathan Coe, First Novel – The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Penguin General author Sara Collins, Biography – The Volunteer by Ebury author Jack Fairweather, Poetry – Fleche by Mary Jean Chan and Children's book – Asha & The Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan.

  • Middle England


    'The book everyone is talking about' The Times

    'A comedy for our times' Guardian

    The country is changing and, up and down the land, cracks are appearing - within families and between generations. In the Midlands Benjamin Trotter tries to help his aged father navigate a Britain that seems to have forgotten he exists, while in London his friend Doug doesn't understand why his teenage daughter is eternally enraged. Meanwhile, newlyweds Sophie and Ian can find nothing to agree on except the fact that their marriage is on the rocks . . .


    'Coe's back with a bang. Middle England is the novel about Brexit we need' Daily Telegraph

    'A pertinent, entertaining study of a nation in crisis' Financial Times, Books of the Year

    'Very funny. Coe - a writer of uncommon decency - reminds us that the way out of this mess is through moderation, through compromise, through that age-old English ability to laugh at ourselves' Observer

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