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  • Published: 11 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241967027
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

Number 11

Coe's brilliantly funny skewering of modern Britain - in the tradition of What a Carve Up! and The Rotters' Club

This is a novel about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us all.

It's about the legacy of war and the end of innocence.

It's about how comedy and politics are battling it out and comedy might have won.

It's about how 140 characters can make fools of us all.

It's about living in a city where bankers need cinemas in their basements and others need food banks down the street.

It is Jonathan Coe doing what he does best ­- showing us how we live now.

  • Published: 11 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241967027
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the author

Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. His novels include Rotters, The Accidental Woman, A 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 Itranger.The House of Sleep won the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Award for 1997.

Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham, UK, in 1961. He began writing at an early age. His first surviving story, a detective thriller called The Castle of Mystery, was written when he was eight. His first published novel was The Accidental Woman in 1987, but it was his fourth, What a Carve Up!, that established his reputation as one of England’s finest comic novelists, winning the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1985 and being translated into many languages. Seven bestselling novels and many other awards have followed, including the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for Like A Fiery Elephant, a biography of the experimental novelist, B. S. Johnson. Jonathan lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

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Praise for Number 11

Coe is back doing what he does best. Number 11 is a baroquely plotted, densely allusive, heart-on-his-sleeve, state-of-the-nation satire, an angry and exuberant book....Coe is not just back, but back on top form

Sunday Times

You can't stop reading....I was haunted for days

The Independent

Coe's prose is always a delight...hugely enjoyable

Daily Mail

Jonathan Coe has established himself as one of the most entertaining chroniclers of our times. . . He has an enviable lightness of touch and is brilliant at portraying the lunacy of our time, when bankers need iceberg houses and their neighbours need food banks. He is often satirical, always compassionate.


He brings us the usual high quotient of jokes, emotional engagement with the characters and commitment to old-school storytelling, complete with narrative twists and thrilling set pieces

The Daily Telegraph

An incredibly Dickensian novel...it articulates all kinds of themes that will make the reader feel very angry...I enjoyed it hugely and read it pretty much in a single sitting. Whenever there was an interruption I felt really angry and you can't really ask more from a novel than that...Really satisfying

Tom Holland, BBC Radio 4

Jonathan Coe rips into modern celebrity culture and the decadent lives of the super-rich in hs latest satire

Good Housekeeping

A restlessness would overtake me when I was separated from the book

Kit Davis, BBC Radio 4

No modern novelist is better at charting the precariousness of middle-class life

The Observer

Coe creeps up stealthily, delivering a book bursting with narrative coups and delicious ironies. Presenting a picture of an ailing country close to collapse, despite the apparent health suggested by its millionaires' mansions and its confidently callous politicians, the book scares rather than laughs us into calling for reform

Literary Review

Coe intriguingly depicts the social grievances of modern Britain


My first Jonathan Coe book but it won't be the last...gloriously insane...It takes you into another space and time....Very beautiful

Kerry Shale, BBC Radio 4

It's dispiriting that, for a country that prides itself on its sense of humour, Coe has not been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.....Read Number 11 to see what an odd country Britain has become


[Coe] has a fine ear for dialogue and mastery of comic plot: this is first-class entertainment

Evening Standard

The country needs Number 11....[Coe's] take-down of modern Britain proves he's still the UK's premiere national lampoon


Number 11 is undoubtedly a political novel. It is also an interrogation of the purposes and efficacy of humour in exposing society's ills


A richly enjoyable, densely textured and thought-provoking entertainment, Number 11 might not feature in many Kensington mansions, Swiss bolt-holes or private jets this winter. But perhaps it should'

Financial Times

What Victorians called "a condition of England" novel...This sequel is a very good book indeed - let's hope that Coe goes for a trilogy

The Times

Richly textured


Undoubtedly a political novel. It is also an interrogation of the purposes and efficacy of humour in exposing society's ills


[A] state-of-the-nation address

Independent on Sunday

Jonathan Coe has taken aim at the absurdity of modern life


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