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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He attends the reading of the will along with the artist Phoebe, one of Roddy’s conquests and lately Mortimer’s personal nurse. Never married as she spends most of her life in a mental asylum after brother Godfrey’s death.

Even when he finds a likely girlfriend, she has already been seduced by rakish art dealer Roddy Winshaw. For a character in a novel, coincidences mean that he has a destiny.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. While playing Cluedo with Joan, his friend from childhood and one of several women with carvr he will fail to have an affair, Michael has had a premonition of his own involvement.

Beamish was the same man who introduced Henry’s even more ruthless sister, Hilary, to the world of television in an earlier chapter. I’m part of it. They are a representative breed, whose members you keep meeting because they are responsible for most of the ills of British society.


He has been living out a story plotted by others. The Winshaws — arms dealers, bankers, art dealers, tabloid journalists — represent most everything bad, selling arms to Saddam Hussein, stabbing each other in the back, leaving a shambles all about.

He has been playing as Professor Plum, who, he realises, is the culprit: The radio adaptation won a Sony Radio Silver Award in 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. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe

Instead, after more than a decade of Thatcherism in the UK, I thought it was a good moment to write a book about some wha the changes imposed upon the country in that time. When he hesitantly introduces himself, she laughs. At times, too, Number 11 becomes qhat a satire on contemporary satire. Writing his history of the Winshaw clan makes Michael a believer in conspiracies. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

What a Carve Up ! (The Winshaw Legacy) – Jonathan Coe

Bob Hope, to name but one, used to specialise in this kind of film in the s. After some persuasion, Coe acknowledges that the street is based on Tregunter Road in Chelsea. For narrative mysteries, unlike mysteries in life, have solutions. Neither of these ideas took flight at the time, however.


While it lacks the sparse elegance of Coe’s excellent early novel, A Touch of Loveit makes for an immensely enjoyable wild ride. Like Fielding’s Tom Joneshe is destined to find out the true identity of his father.

Jonathan Coe: poking fun at broken Britain

Buy this book US. Joan uses it about his commission to write about the Winshaws. Weightier carvf the three previous works combined, it is also much broader and more ambitious in scope. Michael develops a warm, but platonic, relationship with Fiona. If his local hospital is chaotic, it is because of Henry Winshaw’s reorganisation.

The latter novel is sometimes described as a sequel [4] but elsewhere using other phrases such as a “sequel, of sorts. Godfrey Winshaw — — Brother of Lawrence and Tabitha. We encounter the same people again and again because we are discovering the pattern in the novel’s events. Robert McCrum called it “the finest English satire from the s – a memorable and explicit commentary on Q.

What a Carve Up!

Pages to import images to Wikidata. M ichael Owen, the protagonist and occasional narrator of What a Carve Up! Topics Books Book club.