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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Spotting a “Grace Kelly-style icy blonde” on the tube, he lapses into his “favourite fantasy”, in which, “miraculously”, it turns out that she is “getting out at the same stop, continuing on to the same station, catching the same train, travelling to the same town — a series of coincidences which xarve bring us together while usefully jonathsn me from the need to take events into my own hands”. When Michael mentions twice that he and his parents never used to see his father’s parents, we know that we will eventually discover the reason for this.

Many others are left to stand empty as investments, and pretty good ones, given that their price increases by thousands of pounds a day. The novel focuses by turns on the various figures in the Winshaw family: His perspective on the politics remains solidly Old Labour: He now lives in a West London flat with his family, in less splendour than some of his neighbours.

What a Carve Up! Instrumental in policies to “reform” the National Health Service. Beamish was the same man who introduced Henry’s even more ruthless sister, Hilary, to the world of television in an earlier chapter. 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. Writing his history of the Winshaw clan makes Michael a believer in conspiracies.

What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe

Despite having such a narrow focus on British politics, What a Carve Up! He works on this on and off, but with no deadline or pressure to complete, the project stagnates and Michael becomes reclusive, staying in his London flat watching videotapes of old films — in particular the British comedy What a Carve Up!


Telegraph Culture Books Authors. At times, too, Number 11 becomes almost a satire on contemporary satire. Topics Books Book club. Lawrence Winshaw pu — The eldest of the Winshaw children and original heir to Winshaw Towers, the family mansion. He emerges back into society, and resumes his interest in the project, following a visit from a neighbour, Fiona, seeking sponsorship for a mile bicycle whatt.

Thank you for your support. Very soon afterwards Michael is surprised to be invited by Mortimer Winshaw’s solicitor, Everett Sloane, to attend the reading of Mortimer’s will at the remotely located Winshaw Towers in Yorkshire. Loading comments… Trouble loading? 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.

Mysteries are, in one sense, reassuring. The Winshaw Legacy – US.

We’ve noticed you’re adblocking. In each of these sections the novel depicts the way in which actions by individuals from the same family, serving their own greedy interests, have distressing and far-reaching consequences.

Fiona — A neighbour of Michael who becomes a close friend. His father worked in the motor industry as a research physicist; his mother was a music and PE teacher. Novels by Jonathan Coe. He has been playing as Professor Plum, who, he realises, is the culprit: We and the Winshaws will bump into him over and over again.

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What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe

It is a mystery made into a final explanation, for explanation is always the other side of mystery. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Some of the connections between characters are so elaborately coincidental that we hardly notice them.

Never married as she spends most of her life in a mental asylum after brother Godfrey’s death. Indeed, he voices exactly this understanding near the end of the novel when he tells his new inamorata, Phoebe, “I thought I was supposed to be writing this story. Invests in the film industry and has a private fascination with cinema. Even when he finds a likely girlfriend, she has already been seduced by rakish art dealer Roddy Winshaw.


Jonathan Coe: poking fun at broken Britain

In this novel we most often experience coincidence by meeting characters that we have already met. Coe builds up an intricate and enormous tableau of modern Britain, biting satire mixed with social but not pedantic consciousness. Made aware of “mysteries”, the reader is alerted to the narrative significance of any otherwise unexplained detail. For coincidence means that what might appear random is in fact following a pattern.

Retrieved 17 August He attends the reading of the will along with the artist Phoebe, one of Roddy’s conquests and lately Mortimer’s personal nurse. 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.

Installs elaborate surveillance systems in his offices and has voyeuristic tendencies. Bob Hope, to name but one, used to specialise in this kind of film in the s. Weightier than the three previous works combined, it is also much broader and more ambitious in scope.

The arrangement of his destiny should have been evident to him when he observed a coincidence that would be possible in life, but, occurring in such a carefully plotted novel, must have been designed.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. La famiglia Winshaw – Italia.

He is caught by Mark taking video footage for a planned documentary and is almost killed by the beating that follows. His young wife Mildred is pregnant with their son Mark when he dies. A history of the world in funny puns. Show 25 25 50 All.