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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe, read by Richard Goulding.   

It is the 1980s, and the Winshaw family are getting richer and crueller by the year: newspaper-columnist Hilary gets thousands for telling it like it isn't; Henry's turning hospitals into car parks; Roddy's selling art in return for sex; down on the farm Dorothy's squeezing every last pound from her livestock; Thomas is making a killing on the stock exchange; and Mark is selling arms to dictators.  

But once their hapless biographer, Michael Owen, starts investigating the family's trail of greed, corruption and immoral doings, the time is growing ripe for the Winshaws to receive their comeuppance.... 

This wickedly funny take on life under the Thatcher government was the winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

Jonathan Coe's novels are filled with biting social commentary, moving and astute observations of life and hilarious set pieces that have made him one of the most popular writers of his generation. 

©2019 Jonathan Coe (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"A sustained feat of humour, suspense and polemic, full of twists and ironies." (Hilary Mantel, Sunday Times

"A riveting social satire on the chattering and all-powerful upper classes." (Time Out)

"Big, hilarious, intricate, furious, moving." (Guardian)

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Brilliant

A sophisticated narrative with great story telling, social commentary and interesting characters that is brilliantly read

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Great listen

Super story, quality writing and brilliantly narrated.All the characters bring something special to the story

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Brilliant

Brilliant book and performance. This is now one of my all time favourites. Thank you

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Utterly brilliant.

This is one of the best books I’ve read (heard!) in ages. The writing is perfectly judged: funny, lyrical in a few places, biting, astute, human … just glorious. Jonathan Coe has written such a carefully and precisely structured novel. It slowly builds, interweaving storylines with sure and total artistry. I loved every moment of it.
The performance is - thank goodness - one of the best I’ve heard on Audible. The many voices are perfectly judged, and he certainly has a big cast of characters to present. If I could offer Richard Goulding a prize for best Audible narrator, I would.

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Funny, sprawling and well performed

Funny, sprawling and well performed. Crammed in to many tangents to the story, the central story about the awful Winshaw's was great but the diversions into state of the 80s nation didn't always work. Very well performed especially of the Winshaw characters

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Brilliant

A brilliant story, one of Coe's best, narrated just as it should be. This is a five star purchase. The story is brilliant. Definitely worth a credit.

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Absorbing

I really enjoyed this book. The narration was faultless, and the story was also memorable. Thank you Johnathan Coe. Keep up the good work!111

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Didn’t get into it as middle England but some ya win some ya lose onto the next one

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