From the acclaimed author of The Rotters' Club and The Closed Circle comes the novel for our strange contemporary times.

Beginning nine years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by chain retail, and London, where both frenzied riots and Olympic fever plague the streets, Middle England tracks a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through the transformation of their society.
     There are newlyweds Ian and Sophie, who disagree about England's future and, possibly, their relationship; Doug, the political commentator who writes impassioned columns about austerity from his Chelsea townhouse while his radical, teenage daughter undertakes a relentless quest for universal justice; Benjamin Trotter, who embarks on an apparently doomed new career in middle age, and his father Colin, whose last wish is to vote LEAVE in the Brexit referendum. Through all these lives we see this very tentatively united kingdom itself: a place of nostalgia and delusion, bewilderment and barely suppressed rage.
     As acutely alert to the absurdity of the political classes as it is compassionate about those left behind by elites of all sorts, this is a novel only Jonathan Coe could have written.
“In the three years since the E.U. referendum the only piece of writing I have found to really get under the skin of the mess that Britain is now has been Jonathan Coe’s Brexit novel Middle England. It’s funny, compassionate and completely clearsighted. Sometimes you want to thank an author for writing a certain book, and this is one of those times.” —Nina Stibbe, The New York Times

“The book everyone is talking about.” —The Times (London)
 
“Brilliant. Read it too fast, finished it too soon.” —Nigella Lawson
 
“Coe’s writing is as smoothly accomplished as ever. His comic set pieces—funerals, dinners, clown fights—are very funny.” —Sam Leith, The Guardian
 
“A pertinent, entertaining study of a nation in crisis.” —Rebecca Rose, Financial Times
 
“A sweeping and very funny state-of-the-nation novel . . . Coe—a writer of uncommon decency—reminds us that the way out of this mess is through moderation, through compromise.” —The Observer
 
“Coe’s unflagging commitment to recording British life as it really is combines with his sensitive evocation of middle-aged angst, to make this an absorbing homage to things that change and things that stay the same. . . . His affectionately witty attitude to our human foibles is always uplifting, even when the politically divisive subject matter is morbidly depressing.” —Melissa Katsoulis, The Times (London)
 
“[Coe] far outranks many Booker winners in his talent for characterization and captivating narrative.” —Literary Review
 
“Brilliantly funny. . . . A compelling state-of-the-nation novel, full of light and shade, which vividly charts modern Britain’s tragicomic slide.” —The Economist
 
“At times uproarious and always on-the-money, without ever feeling didactic.” —Phoebe Luckhurst, Evening Standard
 
“Coe is a talented comic novelist and his latest book is full of laughs.” —James Marriott, The Times (London)
 
“It’s a truism that all literature is political, but in 2018 it felt particularly true. Novels are coming through that explicitly engage with Brexit, most notably Jonathan Coe’s elegiac Middle England.” —Justine Jordan, The Guardian
 
“Arresting. . . . Saturated in the fraught and sometimes frightening politics of Englishness that found an outlet during the 2016 EU referendum.” —Jonathan Derbyshire, Financial Times
 
“The first great Brexit novel.” —Sathnam Sanghera
 
Middle England is extremely funny—and it’s funny in a way that’s cathartic. . . . While Coe doesn’t spare the easier targets . . . he takes aim at nostalgia in all its forms. Including the sort that has helped Coe become one of our pre-eminent comic novelists.” —New Statesman
 
“A welcome tonic for uncertain times. . . . Coe shows an understanding of [Britain] that goes beyond what most Cabinet ministers can muster. Through characters who span the political spectrum, he subtly builds a picture that exposes the cracks in society—highlighting illogical prejudices and their devastating political effect. He is a master of satire but pokes fun subtly, without ever being cruel, biting or blatant.” —Susannah Butter, Evening Standard
 
“Millions of words have been and will be written on Brexit but few will get to the heart of why it is happening as incisively as Middle England. . . . Coe is a deft comic writer, probably Britain’s finest.” —The Irish Times
 
“Timely and timeless. . . . Coe’s singular achievement is the dexterity with which he illustrates the generational conflicts and the nuanced experiences of aging. . . . This plaintive, clarion call is an acerbic, keenly observed satire peppered with the penetrating wit for which Coe is so justly admired.” Bill Kelly, Booklist (starred review)

“Sharply observed, bitingly witty yet emotionally generous. . . . Coe’s marvelous humor is still in evidence, but it’s got a decided edge. . . . With his usual acuity, [he] tells the story of a collective meltdown through its impact on individuals.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Excellent. . . . A neat pastiche of the cultural flash points of the past decade, done with humor and empathy. . . . A remarkable portrait of a country at an inflection point.” —Publishers Weekly