The Rotters Club by Jonathan Coe


The raw material seems dull and dreary – school life for four boys in Birmingham in the 1970s. It is a morbid time with the a depression, strikes, provos and their bombs, Thatcherism, etc… It is a time of disillusionment and yet Coe brilliant evokes humour with his satirical pen.

I am a great fan and yet I was a little disappointed. I couldn’t put my finger on why but I have a personal preference for his other works. Maybe I should now get a copy of the sequel or give him a rest for a few months.

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