By Jonathan Coe
"What a Carve Up!" - a hilarious Eighties political satire by way of Jonathan Coe. it's the Nineteen Eighties and the Winshaw kin have become richer and crueller through the 12 months: Newspaper-columnist Hilary will get hundreds of thousands for telling it love it is not; Henry's turning hospitals into vehicle parks; Roddy's promoting paintings in go back for intercourse; down at the farm Dorothy's squeezing each final pound from her farm animals; Thomas is creating a killing at the inventory trade; and Mark is promoting fingers to dictators. yet as soon as their hapless biographer Michael Owen begins investigating the family's path of greed, corruption and immoral doings, the time becoming ripe for the Winshaws to obtain their comeuppance...This wickedly humorous tackle existence below the Thatcher executive was once the winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. "A sustained feat of humour, suspense and polemic, jam-packed with twists and ironies". (Hilary Mantel, "Sunday Times"). "A riveting social satire at the chattering and omnipotent higher classes". ("Time Out"). "Big, hilarious, complex, livid, moving". ("Guardian"). Jonathan Coe's novels are choked with biting social remark, relocating and astute observations of lifestyles and hilarious set items that experience made him probably the most well known writers of his iteration. His different titles, "The unintended Woman", "A contact of Love", "The Rotters' membership" (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse prize), "The Closed Circle", "The bad privateness of Maxwell Sim", "The condo of Sleep" (winner of the1998 Prix Medicis Etranger), and "The Rain ahead of it Falls", are all on hand in Penguin paperback.
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