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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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Nineteen years later, after a party to mark the 50th birthday of their other brother Mortimer, Lawrence is attacked in the night by an intruder, but survives, killing the intruder in the process.

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. Creates a business empire of highly processed, slogan-promoted cheap meat-based foods.

What a Carve Up! (novel) – Wikipedia

It signifies that he knows that he is a character in a plot. Neither of these ideas took flight at the time, however. Buy this book UK. Show 25 25 50 All. Findlay Onyx — A private investigator with a weakness for cottaging that gets him into constant trouble with the law.

Jonathan Coe: poking fun at broken Britain

The recognition is a symptom of his narrative self-consciousness. The novel scores direct hits on a wide range of targets: Telegraph Catve Books Authors. For coincidence means that what might appear random is in fact following a pattern. Almost nobody managed to come up with an exact version of the phrase, although I’m told that the Swedish attempt, Huggsexacomes pretty close.


M ichael Owen, the narrator of alternate sections of What a Carve Up! His young wife Mildred is pregnant with their son Mark when he dies.

Jonathan Coe was born on 19 August in Lickey, a suburb of south-west Birmingham.

His father worked in the motor industry as a research physicist; his mother was a music and PE teacher. Ip can at least be certain that there would have been ehat explanation. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Coe creates the fictitious Winshaw family to embody these different interests under one name and, ultimately, one roof.

Naturally, a few hundred pages later, when Michael’s friend Fiona is admitted to an overstretched emergency department, the senior registrar is the same Dr Gillam. When What a Carve Up!

What a Carve Up!

For a character in a novel, coincidences mean that he has a destiny. Much of what passes for political comedy on television, it suggests, is merely a sort of community hymn-singing for people who all believe the same things. On a train to Sheffield, a peculiarly attractive young woman sitting opposite him is reading a book — and it is a novel of which he is the author, with his photograph on the back. He keeps hearing the word.

At times, too, Number 11 jonsthan almost carvf satire on contemporary satire. 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 ride. Michael ruminates on the mysterious death of his childhood hero Yuri Gagarin in an air “accident”, and calls this “another of adulthood’s ubiquitous, insoluble mysteries”. He attends the reading of the will along with the artist Phoebe, one of Roddy’s conquests and lately Mortimer’s personal nurse.

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Puzzles are set whose solutions a playful author has already envisaged. In the prologue to What a Carve Up! Its title was What a Carve Upand after watching it again after more than two decades, the first thing I knew about my new novel was that I wanted to use this title. Some of the connections between characters are so elaborately coincidental that we hardly notice them.

The novel focuses by turns on the various figures in the Winshaw family: Views Read Edit View history. Phoebe Barton — An aspiring artist who is tricked into sleeping with Roddy by his promises of artistic patronage.

Graham Packard — A young film maker with strong left-wing views. Lawrence Winshaw jonthan — The eldest of the Winshaw children and original heir to Winshaw Towers, the family mansion.

In life, mysteries tend not to have solutions, for there is no plot-maker unless, like 18th-century novelists, you believe that God makes plots of all our lives. 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.

Michael develops a warm, but platonic, relationship with Fiona. Buy this book US. The intruder, a jonathzn aged man, remains unidentified. The radio adaptation won a Sony Radio Silver Award in We and the Winshaws will bump into him over and over again.

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