Apr 1, Guardian book club, week one: John Mullan on What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe. Apr 23, BOOK REVIEW / Clawing, brutish gargoyles: ‘What a Carve Up]’ – Jonathan Coe: Viking’ pounds – Anthony Quinn on a furiously political. Jonathan Coe writes: “After The Dwarves of Death I knew that it was time to write a more ambitious novel. For a while I toyed with a couple of ideas: there had.

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It felt to me as if we were still living in the comforting embrace of the post-war consensus, whereas to adults, it was a very confrontational time. If his local hospital is chaotic, it is because of Henry Winshaw’s reorganisation. Inthe author published a related novel set in the early 21st century, Number Like Fielding’s Tom Joneshe is destined to find out the true identity of his father.

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Invests in the film industry and has a private jojathan with cinema. While playing Cluedo with Joan, his friend from childhood and one of several women with whom he will fail to have an affair, Michael has had a premonition of his own involvement.

Fiona — A neighbour of Michael who becomes a close friend. Coe builds up an intricate and enormous tableau of modern Britain, biting satire mixed with social but not pedantic consciousness. Until this point he believes he was invited to write the history by chance, but as events transpire he is more deeply related to the family than he realizes. We encounter the same people again and again because we are discovering the pattern in the novel’s events.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. When Hilary takes over an ailing TV company, it is Beamish who is sacked. His perspective ip the politics remains solidly Old Labour: Topics Books Book club. Visit our adblocking instructions page.

When What a Carve Up! He emerges back into society, and resumes his interest in the project, following a visit from a neighbour, Fiona, xarve sponsorship for a mile bicycle ride.


It is a sprawling work, carefully built up of often very amusing pieces that, put together, add up to an even greater whole. It is the night that allied warplanes embark on the bombing of Iraq following Saddam Hussain’s invasion of Kuwait in Father of Roddy and Hilary. M ichael Owen, the narrator of alternate sections of What a Carve Up!

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Roddy is an art-dealer who seduces female artists by promising to promote their work in his gallery, before dropping them immediately afterwards. That title to which I was so attached proved to be a real headache for my overseas publishers, all the same.

Thank you for your support. Networks her way to senior positions in the media by taking advantage of others’ generosity, before betraying the people who help her.

The novel adds further layers of ambiguity, as Coe wonders whether the desire of old Lefties to return to a kinder, gentler Britain might sometimes be based on a simple longing for childhood. Later, in the s, a young novelist, Michael Owen, is commissioned to write a history of the Winshaw family, receiving a generous stipend from Tabitha Winshaw to do so.

After some persuasion, Coe acknowledges that the street is based on Tregunter Road in Chelsea. Beamish was the same man who introduced Henry’s even more ruthless ehat, Hilary, to the world of television in an earlier chapter. Weightier than the three previous works combined, it is also much broader and more ambitious in scope.

Yet in the ending to this novel, Gagarin’s fate is recalled and made part of Michael’s story. He is an unscrupulous arms dealer deeply involved with arming the regime of Saddam Hussein. Graham Packard — A young film maker with strong left-wing views. Michael Owen — A young writer with a couple of moderately successful jpnathan behind him who is commissioned to write the history of the Winshaws by Tabitha. Allein mit Shirley – Deutschland. Joan uses it wha his commission to write about the Winshaws.

We can at least be certain that there would have been an explanation.

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When Graham, a political activist, starts working for nasty Mark Winshaw, a successful arms dealer, in order to expose his activities, he receives encouragement from “Alan Beamish, head of current affairs at one of the largest ITV companies”. Michael was once a novelist, though as jonatthan begins his narrative he is a depressive recluse who has abandoned his career.

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A bit British, and a bit over the top on occasion, What a Carve Up! In the prologue to What a Carve Up! Little Michael Owen’s own story is also told, a sober contrast to the wild antic descriptions of the various Winshaw’s and their evil ways. Falls ill but, owing to cutbacks to the Health Service, fails to get treatment before her condition is too advanced to treat, and dies from Lymphoma. Michael’s renewed interest in the Winshaws coincides with the appearance in his life of Findlay Onyx, a private detective hired by Tabitha to pursue the mystery of whether or not Lawrence was complicit in Godfrey’s death.

He keeps hearing the word. She is eventually admitted to hospital, but because treatment was not administered soon enough, she dies shortly after New Year, The family members learn that they will inherit nothing from Mortimer but his debts.

For a while I toyed with a couple of ideas: What is the explanation of Drood’s disappearance?

Later we find that disgusting Mark Winshaw’s German wife is the daughter of a former Nazi, whose Zyklon B production plant his uncle Godfrey was instructed to destroy in a secret wartime mission. Retrieved jomathan August Almost nobody managed to come up with an exact version of the phrase, although I’m told that the Swedish attempt, Huggsexacomes pretty close. Views Read Edit View history.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. By chance, the BBC had recently screened for the first time in about twenty years an old comedy film which I remembered seeing when I was a child.