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Jonathan Coe talks to John Mitchinson


Hay Festival 2023, 

The What a Carve Up! and Number 11 author Jonathan Coe returns with a novel telling the story of Britain through four generations of one family in Bournville, the Birmingham suburb famous for its chocolate factory. Beginning with 11-year-old Mary in 1945, Coe tracks 75 years of social change, from the Coronation and the World Cup final, to royal weddings, royal funerals, Brexit and Covid-19. Coe, who was born a few miles from Bournville, brings his trademark profundity and humour to his new book, and this discussion.

Jonathan Coe talks to John Mitchinson