**The dazzling new novel from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Middle England**
A young woman named Calista meets the famed Hollywood director Billy Wilder in the sweltering summer of 1976. She knows nothing about him or his work, but this chance encounter will change her life for good.
But while Calista is thrilled with her new adventure, Wilder himself - struggling to raise the money for his next feature film - is living with the realisation that his star may be on the wane.
In his new novel that is, by turns, funny, tender and profoundly truthful, Jonathan Coe turns his gaze to the nature of time, fame, family and nostalgia. When the world is catapulting towards change, do you hold on for dear life or decide it's time to let go?
Praise for Jonathan Coe
'Coe is a writer of uncommon decency' Observer
'Brilliantly funny' Economist
'Very, very funny' Stylist
Sparkles with all the acuity of his best novels . . . Uproarious and always on-the-money
A comedy for our times
Coe's back with a bang
Very funny. Coe is a writer of uncommon decency
The book everyone is talking about
A full-blooded state of the nation novel
Brilliantly funny . . . a compelling state of the nation novel, full of light and shade, which vividly charts modern Britain's tragicomic slide
The author of Costa Book Award-winner Middle England talks us through what's on his bedside table at the moment, from vintage psychological thrillers to French bestsellers.
Spanning across five categories, the nominated books range from memoirs, first novels and the very best in poetry.