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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,778 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Coe Narrator: Colin Buchanan Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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It is the 1980s and the Winshaw family are getting richer and crueller by the year. Newspaper-columnist Hilary gets thousands for telling it like it isn't; Henry's turning hospitals into car-parks; Roddy's selling art in return for sex; down on the farm, Dorothy's squeezing every last pound from her livestock; Thomas is making a killing on the stock exchange; and Mark is selling arms to dictators.

But when their hapless biographer Michael Owen starts investigating the family's trail of greed, corruption, and immoral doings, the time is ripe for the Winshaws to receive their comeuppance.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 2/20/2014

    " Bookclub reading. Review to come later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Wiltshire | 2/4/2014

    " I really liked this book. I like the way numerous ideas interlink. A deliciously vile family depicting the worse aspects of Britain. An intriguing plot involving the notorious family and a dark history. The story culminates to an exciting climax. Very much recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joke | 1/25/2014

    " great great great great great book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coxy | 1/24/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book - full of interesting characters and some smart social commentary. The structure is pretty much perfect and the sequence in a hospital with no beds on New Year's Eve is extremely well observed and makes you feel angry and sad but also amused at the same time - quite a feat. Also features a cameo by Sid James which is worth at least a star. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 1/16/2014

    " I've never understood the love for this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilie | 12/31/2013

    " This book passed the lamppost test. As in : it is so brilliant that when I reached my stop on the tube I had to carry on reading while walking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 12/29/2013

    " I love me some Jonathan Coe, and this was the first book of his that i read. An excellent intro to an excellent author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucie Mccann | 12/24/2013

    " loved this book. highly recommend for all tastes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Johnson | 11/18/2013

    " Incredibly clever, thrilling and fast-paced. Brilliant portrait of modern Britain, with characters that are all too familiar "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie Day | 11/10/2013

    " I did enjoy this but lost interest a bit half way through and had to come back to it a month or so later. I really liked the way it unfolded though. As easy reads go, pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asa | 10/20/2013

    " A book that manages to be both funny and horrible at the same time. It centers around one family where each member represents one part of English life in the 80s, such as media, arms trade, politics, and through their selfishness manages to make everything go down the drain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 10/19/2013

    " Yikes. I had high hopes, especially after an early scene describing perfectly a movie poster from the 60s hanging in my bf's flat. But the novel became a farce, trying to hard, with a ridiculous farcical ending. I put it down to it being an early novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trischa Hill | 6/28/2013

    " did not finish this one. was going good but some how got kinda wordy for me. politicly i guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Goodnight | 6/26/2013

    " Jonathan Coe at its best... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 4/24/2013

    " Funny enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 12/27/2012

    " A fun, rolicking read about Thatcherite Britain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Apollonia | 11/10/2012

    " interesting specially to learn about the british history "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nadine | 9/27/2012

    " Read it because my boss at the time said it was his favourite book. Bored to tears by it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Gannaway | 7/30/2012

    " Bloody brilliant. Engaging, complex, political, personal, touching, damn funny - I've never really read a book that I think everyone should read, but this is one. I'm going to seek out every other book by Coe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nextbestthing | 6/29/2012

    " The eighties in Britain, minus the Simple Minds (thank god) and a handful of football hooligans. Essential reading for anglophiles and all British culture vultures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 3/1/2012

    " One of my fave books, this. It's big, it's meaty, it's very, very funny. And it's meant that I judge his other books very harshly if they don't measure up. (I'm talking to YOU, Closed Circle and Rotters' Club). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trischa | 3/28/2011

    " did not finish this one. was going good but some how got kinda wordy for me. politicly i guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/20/2011

    " Incredibly clever, thrilling and fast-paced. Brilliant portrait of modern Britain, with characters that are all too familiar "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonfaith | 2/28/2011

    " This one proved to be a treat. I laughed aloud and found myself exposed, so much of my insecurity was stitched into our broader tale of oligarchy and eroding standards imposed upon those who can't afford anything else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadia | 2/23/2011

    " Favourite coe book. Couldn't put it down. Love all the quirky characters.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/23/2011

    " I stumbled across this in a used bookstore this fall, and it was a great find! It's a humorous, but scathing, critique of British society under Thatcher in the 1980s. Coe's writing reminded me of Evelyn Waugh, and I definitely plan on reading more of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/13/2011

    " Delightful. I hated every character and found them compelling at the same time. Well told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " excellent and very english romp through revenge. quite spellbinding "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ettore.bilbo | 11/16/2010

    " Non bello come La banda dei brocchi, ma vale la pena di leggerlo... "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. His novels include The Rotters’ ClubThe Accidental WomanA Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, and What a Carve Up!, which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger.