In Conversation with Jonathan Coe

11th Feb 2016, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Creative Edge

Jonathan Coe - Credits Valeria Cardi

Multi award winning novelist, Jonathan Coe discusses his latest release Number 11, which was published on the 11th day of the 11th month, 2015 and was also Coe’s eleventh novel.

“A brutal family dynasty shows its staying power in this state-of-the-nation satire that takes in reality TV, wealth inequality, the death of David Kelly and giant spiders….Angry, bleak, preoccupied with establishing occult power connections to the extent that it would easily earn its place on a shelf of “paranoid fiction”, Number 11 is undoubtedly a political novel. It is also an interrogation of the purposes and efficacy of humour in exposing society’s ills, and a spoof on horror B-movies ….” -The Guardian

Number 11 is Coe’s sequel, of sorts, to his 1994 What a Carve Up!, his extraordinary piece of social satire which uses the story of a powerful, wealthy and ruthless family, the Winshaws, to expose the excesses and evils of all aspects of Thatcherite Britain.

What Coe satirically captures is the gaping chasm between the two distinct worlds of the haves and the have-nots in an era of austerity, exposing the mantra of “we’re all in it together” in the absurd culture of the super-rich.

Presented by the Institute for Creative Enterprise

Profile: Jonathan is the author of eleven novels, all published by Penguin, which include the highly acclaimed bestsellers What a Carve Up!, The House of Sleep and The Rotters’ Club.  His non-fiction work includes a biography of the novelist B.S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, which won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction book of the year.


  • 5.45pm – Registration and Refreshments
  • 6.30pm – Lecture
  • 7.30pm – Reception and Networking

Further information is available here

Presented by the Institute for Creative Enterprise


This event is part of a wider programme of events taking place at Edge Hill over the coming months as part of the Festival of Ideas 2016, a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society. The main theme is Imagining Better – envisioning ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality.

Details of all events can be found here