Don’t miss your chance to get a copy of Mr. Wilder & Me with your ticket (RRP £16.99). You will receive your copy of the book in the 10 days after the event.

Join Jonathan Coe, the bestselling author of thirteen novels, including The Rotters’ Club, What A Carve Up! and the Costa Novel of the Year Award-winning Middle England, for this online launch event celebrating the publication of his new book Mr. Wilder & Me.

Coe’s dazzling new novel is set in the heady summer of 1977, it follows a naïve young woman called Calista as she finds herself working for the famed Hollywood director Billy Wilder. The time she spends in this glamorous unfamiliar new life will change her for good.

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 new film with German money, and when Calista follows him to Munich for the shooting of further scenes, she finds herself joining him on a journey of memory into the dark heart of his family history. Mr. Wilder & Me is at once a tender coming-of-age story and an intimate portrait of one of cinema's most intriguing figures.

Don’t miss your chance to hear the inspiration and process behind Jonathan writing and to put your questions directly to him. Join Jonathan Coe in conversation as he discusses his career, satire, and what drew him to the subject of cinema and the treacherous lure of nostalgia.

This event will be hosted via Zoom webinar. You will be sent your personal link to login 48 hours before the event.

Please note, tickets for this event are non-refundable.

This event will be recorded and sent to all bookers the day after the event. It will be available to watch for 7 days.

  • Mr Wilder and Me

  • **The dazzling new novel from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Middle England**

    'As good as anything he's written - a novel to cherish' Observer
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    In the heady summer of 1977, a naïve young woman called Calista sets out from Athens to venture into the wider world. On a Greek island that has been turned into a film set, she finds herself working for the famed Hollywood director Billy Wilder, about whom she knows almost nothing. But the time she spends in this glamorous, unfamiliar new life will change her for good.

    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 new film with German money, and when Calista follows him to Munich for the shooting of further scenes, she finds herself joining him on a journey of memory into the dark heart of his family history.

    In a novel that is at once a tender coming-of-age story and an intimate portrait of one of cinema's most intriguing figures, Jonathan Coe turns his gaze on the nature of time and fame, of family and the treacherous lure of nostalgia. When the world is catapulting towards change, do you hold on for dear life or decide it's time to let go?
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    'A beautiful, bittersweet novel that is itself crying out for the silver screen treatment' Scotsman

    'Effortlessly pleasurable and deceptively simple' The Times

    'Utterly charming, deeply poignant and ultimately uplifting' Mail on Sunday

    'A charming, bittersweet book, and a perfect reminder of art's value in stark times' Spectator

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