Reviews

  • Coe is back doing what he does best. Number 11 is a baroquely plotted, densely allusive, heart-on-his-sleeve, state-of-the-nation satire, an angry and exuberant book....Coe is not just back, but back on top form

    Sunday Times
  • You can't stop reading....I was haunted for days

    The Independent
  • Coe's prose is always a delight...hugely enjoyable

    Daily Mail
  • Jonathan Coe has established himself as one of the most entertaining chroniclers of our times. . . He has an enviable lightness of touch and is brilliant at portraying the lunacy of our time, when bankers need iceberg houses and their neighbours need food banks. He is often satirical, always compassionate.

    Tatler
  • He brings us the usual high quotient of jokes, emotional engagement with the characters and commitment to old-school storytelling, complete with narrative twists and thrilling set pieces

    The Daily Telegraph
  • An incredibly Dickensian novel...it articulates all kinds of themes that will make the reader feel very angry...I enjoyed it hugely and read it pretty much in a single sitting. Whenever there was an interruption I felt really angry and you can't really ask more from a novel than that...Really satisfying

    Tom Holland, BBC Radio 4
  • Jonathan Coe rips into modern celebrity culture and the decadent lives of the super-rich in hs latest satire

    Good Housekeeping
  • A restlessness would overtake me when I was separated from the book

    Kit Davis, BBC Radio 4
  • No modern novelist is better at charting the precariousness of middle-class life

    The Observer
  • Coe creeps up stealthily, delivering a book bursting with narrative coups and delicious ironies. Presenting a picture of an ailing country close to collapse, despite the apparent health suggested by its millionaires' mansions and its confidently callous politicians, the book scares rather than laughs us into calling for reform

    Literary Review