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Jonathan Coe was born on 19 August 1961 in Lickey, a suburb of south-west Birmingham. His first surviving story, a detective thriller called The Castle of Mystery, was written at the age of eight. The first few pages of this story appear in his novel What a Carve Up!.
In my novel The Rotters’ Club, Benjamin Trotter writes a piece of music dedicated to the love of his life, Cicely Boyd. The title is ‘Seascape No. 4’. I once wrote a piece of music with this same title (well, almost – it had no ‘No. 4’, and there was never any ‘Nos. 1-3’). One afternoon in 1986 I re…
At last, the BBC are repeating David Nobbs’s classic comedy series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (Tuesday nights, BBC4, 8.30 pm). As I’m sure you know, this show was adapted by David himself from his own novel (originally entitled The Death of Reginald Perrin). This is my introduction to the…
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