The Rotters' Club

Jonathan Coe

Literary Fiction · Great for: Brummies, teenagers, anyone who grew up in Thatcher's Britain

About this book

A zestful comedy of personal and social upheaval, this book captures a fateful moment in British politics – the collapse of ‘Old Labour’ – and imagines its impact on the topsy-turvy world of the bemused teenager: a world in which a lost pair of swimming trunks can be just as devastating as an IRA bomb.

Jonathan Coe’s widely acclaimed novel is set in the 1970s against a distant backdrop of strikes, terrorist attacks and growing racial tension. A group of young friends inherit the editorship of their school magazine and begin to put their own distinctive spin onto events in the wider world. A zestful comedy of personal and social upheaval, The Rotters’ Club captures a fateful moment in British politics – the collapse of ‘Old Labour’ – and imagines its impact on the topsy-turvy world of the bemused teenager: a world in which a lost pair of swimming trunks can be just as devastating as an IRA bomb.

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What we think of this book & ideas for gifting

The social upheaval of Britain in the 1970s is the backdrop for a host of characters whose lives are as normal as they are extraordinary. A brilliantly zesty comedy blending the personal with the political. Brummies, teenagers, anyone who grew up in Thatcher's Britain, this is one for you.