Mr Wilder and Me

Mr Wilder and Me

‘A love letter to the spirit of cinema’ Guardian

Summary

The prize-winning, bestselling author of Middle England turns his gaze to one of cinema's most intriguing figures - famed director of Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder.

***SOON TO BE A MAJOR FILM***

In the summer of 1977, naïve Calista Frangopoulou sets out to venture into the world. On a Greek island that has been turned into a film set, she finds herself working for Billy Wilder, about whom she knows almost nothing.

While Calista is thrilled with her new adventure, Wilder himself is living with the realisation that his star may be on the wane. Rebuffed by Hollywood, he has financed his film with German money, and when Calista follows him to Munich, she finds herself joining him on a journey of memory into the dark heart of his family history.

At once a tender coming-of-age story and an intimate portrait of a Hollywood icon, Mr Wilder and Me explores the nature of time and fame, of family and the treacherous lure of nostalgia . . .
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'Utterly charming, deeply poignant and ultimately uplifting' Mail on Sunday

'Sweeps beautifully from Hollywood to Greece and London' FT, Best Books of 2020

'The dialogue's sharp, the comic timing excellent' Sunday Times

Written with his signature wit, Jonathan Coe's unmissable new novel, Bournville, is available to pre-order now!

Reviews

  • A satisfyingly sweeping novel that still manages to push the form in new directions. As good as anything he's written - a novel to cherish
    Observer

About the author

Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe was born a few miles from Bournville in 1961. The author of political satires such as What a Carve Up! and Number 11, and family sagas such as The Rotters' Club and The Rain Before It Falls, his novels have won prizes at home and abroad, including Costa Novel of the Year and the Prix du Livre Européen (both for Middle England).
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