Bournville

Coe, Jonathan

| 2022

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From the bestselling author of Middle England and Mr Wilder and Me comes a brilliantly witty and compelling new state of the nation novel In the Birmingham suburb of Bournville, a family celebrate VE Day in 1945, but with the joy of such an occasion there also comes the larger national question about the nature of the horrific war the country has just been through. Following this family through generations as they navigate seventy-five years of drastic social change, from wartime nostalgia and English exceptionalism to the World Cup and coronavirus, domestic secrets and national myths leave characters and a country adrift, bewildered and divided. Casting his satirical eye over Britain as only Jonathan Coe can, Bournville is the story of who we are - at our worst, and best. A novel of rare humour and humanity, it holds up a mirror to our past and our present and reveals...

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