The country is changing and, up and down the land, cracks are appearing - within families and between generations. In the Midlands Benjamin Trotter is trying to help his aged father navigate a Britain that seems to have forgotten he exists, whilst in London his friend Doug doesn't understand why his teenage daughter is eternally enraged. Meanwhile, newlyweds Sophie and Ian can find nothing to agree on except the fact that their marriage is on the rocks . . .
'Coe's back with a bang. Middle England is the novel about Brexit we need' Daily Telegraph
'A pertinent, entertaining study of a nation in crisis' Financial Times, Books of the Year
'Very funny. Coe - a writer of uncommon decency - reminds us that the way out of this mess is through moderation, through compromise, through that age-old English ability to laugh at ourselves' Observer
THE BOOK EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT - The Times
From post-industrial Birmingham to the London riots and the current political gridlock, [Middle England] takes in family, literature and love in a comedy for our times - Guardian
Coe is an extraordinarily deft plotter...the book zips along...he tackles big ambitious themes, in this case the effect of politics on people's lives, and political opinions on personal relations - Mail on Sunday
In Middle England, Coe shows an understanding of this country that goes beyond what most cabinet ministers can muster . . . he subtly builds a picture that exposes the cracks in society . . . he is a master of satire but pokes fun subtly, without ever being cruel, biting or blatant . . . his light, funny writing makes you feel better - Evening Standard
Middle England is a full-blooded state of the nation novel, and it brings us bang up-to-date - Sunday Times
Slick . . . stylishly engineered . . . you marvel at the extraordinary attention to detail - Spectator
What is striking about Coe is not so much his flight from Enghlishness as his ambivalent embrace of it - Financial Times
An astute, enlightened and enlightening journey into the heart of our current national identity crisis. Both moving and funny. As we'd expect from Coe
The first great Brexit novel
Let me add to the chorus of praise forJonathan Coe's new book Middle England. Easily my favourite of his since What a Carve Up!, which did for Thatcherism what Middle England does for Brexit
Brilliant. Read it too fast, finished it too soon
Coe's comic critique of a divided country dazzles . . . Properly laugh-out-loud funny . . . it is also incisive and brilliant about our divided country and the deep chasms revealed by the vote to leave. Do not miss - The Bookseller
Sublimely good. Funny, tender, human and intelligent ... the state of the (Brexit) nation novel to end them all. Jonathan Coe's best since What a Carve Up!
A copper bottomed masterpiece
Probably the best English novelist of his generation
No modern novelist is better at charting the precariousness of middle-class life - Observer
An angry and exuberant book - Sunday Times on 'Number 11'
Jonathan Coe has established himself as one of the most entertaining chroniclers of our times - Tatler