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Read & Download ↠ Number 11 ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ô ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☂ Number 11 Author Jonathan Coe – Horticulturetrader.co.uk This is a novel about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us allIt's about the legacy of war aInnocenceIt's about how comedy and politics are battling it out and comedy might have wonIt's about how characters can make fools of us allIt's about living in a. I felt so despondent when I finished this book that I literally lay on my bed in the dark in a state of what I can only describe as existential despair thinking well what do I do now That was how much I enjoyed it so much that I felt distraught when I knew it was overCompletely addictive – and what a fantastic return to form after the lacklustre Expo 58 I read this at breakneck speed barely able to tear myself away from it It tells interconnected stories that revolve around two women Rachel and Alison childhood friends whose lives go in very different directions after what might be a life changing encounter with the 'Mad Bird Woman' when they're both ten years old It's also a very loose seuel to Coe's What a Carve Up and makes numerous callbacks to that novel but you don't need to have read What a Carve Up to enjoy it Politicalsocial commentary mingles with satire mystery and a touch of horror My favourite section was 'The Crystal Garden' which tells of a man's obsessive search for a magical film he watched as a boy

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This is a novel about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us allIt's about the legacy of war and the end of. I was about fifty pages into this book before I realised it was an unexpected seuel to What a Carve Up Jonathan Coe’s acclaimed 1994 novel satirising the Thatcher years in Britain which was surprising as I always assumed that book was a standalone Having read What a Carve Up I can tell you that you needn’t have read it before picking up Number 11 and even Coe himself seems to be subtly describing this book as “Seuels which are not really seuels Seuels where the relationship to the original is obliue slippery” p152 Which is accurate The uote above is in reference to What a Whopper a real 1962 Sid James film that loosely connected to the real 1961 Sid James film What a Carve Up I’ll try to keep the exclamation marks to a minimum here on out but I also really liked Number 11 There isn’t much of a plot It’s basically an overview of 21st century Britain Rachel a young Oxford graduate who can’t find work becomes the private tutor to the children of an obscenely wealthy banker Her friend Alison becomes the victim of one of the few surviving Winshaw family members Josephine Winshaw Eaves whose online right wing column lands her in jail Alison’s mum Val a one hit wonder tries to rejuvenate her singing career with a stint on a “reality” show akin to “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” Rachel’s former teacher Laura is studying the Loch Ness Monster for an academic thesis; an intellectual copper called PC Nathan Pilbeam is investigating a series of murders involving comedians; and something terrible has been awakened deep underneath London The title pops up throughout There’s a Number 11 bus a Number 11 table the massive basement being dug by Rachel’s rich employers is 11 storeys deep and the official residence of the Chancellor of the Excheuer is Number 11 Downing Street and the story is heavily focused on finance and the economy You could if you suint even see it as the Roman numeral for “2” as in the second book in the Winshaw series Number 11 could be a reference for any or all of the above Coe’s previous novel slightly informs the structure of this novel It too is a satire aimed at conservative politics the targets are either Winshaws or connected to the family in some way there’s another chap obsessed with a movie this time it’s Laura’s husband Tim searching for a short pre war German film called The Crystal Garden and there are references to another Sid James movie Some of the digressions feel a bit tenuous in terms of the supposed satire like what does obsessing over The Crystal Garden have to do with the state of Britain today Maybe something to do with nostalgia informing contemporary politicsthe national mood And it didn’t need the Whopper movie references either as they didn’t really add much or were that interesting I suppose you could also say some of the targets reality TV Twitter hate mobs are obvious and that Coe doesn’t have anything original to say about them but I’m really just reaching to figure out for myself why I didn’t totally love this book as opposed to just enjoying it a lot Because most of the book is really really excellent It’s witty and unpredictable and compelling it effectively mixes together disparate elements like realistic drama with comedic farce meaningless tragedy astute political commentary and unexpected horror like briefly in The Black Tower opening chapter and later in the final act I really enjoyed the irreverent tone at times I felt like I was reading part of a lost Terry Pratchett’s City Watch story with the antics of the clownish DCI Capes who fruitlessly tries to get others to call him “The Caped Crusader” and the vastly sober PC Pilbeam and his chaste love for ultra religious school teacher Lucinda Givings It’s all wrapped up in Coe’s smooth confident prose making sure that it’s never a chore to read I liked the glimpses into the lives of the super wealthy The character portraits of Sir Gilbert’s demented wife Madiana and the perpetually furious newspaper magnate Sir Peter were fun even if the accuracy of London properties being bought as investments and then left empty is both a depressing reality and an absurd state of affairs Coe cleverly contrasts the ghostly ualities of both the super wealthy and the poor in their absences to the sight of the general public I can’t really blame Coe for opting for a fantastical ending which is at odds with everything preceding it because I don’t think it’s fair to expect him to come up with solutions for the current state of things and at least he made it an entertaining finale taking things into an unexpected but not unwelcome as I’m a fan of the genre horror direction Maybe because Number 11 was shorter than the previous Winshaw book and focused maybe because this book is contemporary and relevant maybe Coe’s just become a better writer and storyteller in the 20 years since the last Winshaw book and this whatever the reasons I had a blast with Number 11 Though it might not be the most successful satire this is a very entertaining well written and imaginative novel brilliantly capturing a snapshot of early 21st century Britain

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Number 11City where bankers need cinemas in their basements and others need food banks down the streetIt is Jonathan Coe doing what he does best ­ showing us how we live n. A follow up to What a Carve Up both In style a social satire on the times mixed with levels of farce and ending with a horror B movie style mass murder of the guilty; In characters with the key villains all being linked in some ways to the legacy of the third generation Winshaw's the daughter of Hilary a online columnist in Hilary's tradition Mark's wife who has turned his arms firm into a profit making aggressively entrepreneurial arms clearance business the head of an arts prize set up in Roderick's honour and which awards a prize each year to the best other prize a Lord who is following on in Henry's work to dismantle the NHS and further to put a monetary value on all aspects not just of health but now of arts and life the director of a food firm which is the largest part of Dorothy's food conglomerate an investment banker colleague of Thomas who took the bank into derivative speculation; And even the way in which many of the other characters find their lives and the lives of those they care for negatively impacted by the greed and amorality of the villains In this case the two main protagonists are two childhood friends Rachel and Alison Rachel is initially successful studying at Oxford but ends up as a private tutor to the children of a super rich investment banker and his foreign wife and living in their Knighsbridge mansion being excavated for an eleven floor basement which ends up becoming the killer spiders' lair Alison it becomes clear is a right wing cliche a black one legged lesbian living on benefits and exposed as a benefits scrounger by Hilary's daughter Issues satirised in the book include Food banksThe super rich and their basementsReality TV Alison's mother a faded ex pop star is lured on to one at short noticeLeft wing stand up comics and their role as a safety valve preventing actual action against the blatant unfairness of what they rail against leading in a sub plot to an online activist who becomes a serial murderer of themThe financial measures used by the NHS to judge of treatments can be fundedChinese immigrant workersThe increasing focus of the police on high profile cases featuring media stars and on their own media coverageAusterityThe bile of online commentators The book can be uneven at times and features lengthy digressions which do not entirely fit an attempt to shoe horn in the death of Dr David Kelly and an odd story about a man obsessed with finding a short film he saw in the 1960s and associates with the stability of his childhood and which after his death causes his wife to be unsentimental with their son so that he does not suffer from the same lethargic nostalgia when he is older Overall though a very enjoyable read