Jonathan Coe's previous novel, The Rotters' Club, was a novel of innocence:
a nostalgic, humorous evocation of adolescent life in 1970s Britain. The
Closed Circle is its mirror image: a novel of experience. On Millennium
night, with Blair presiding over a superficially cool, sexed-up new version
of the country, Benjamin Trotter finds himself watching the celebrations on
his parents' TV in the same Birmingham house in which he grew up. Watching,
in fact, his younger brother, Paul, now a bright young New Labour MP who
has bought wholeheartedly into the Blairite dream. Neither of them can know
that their lives are about to implode. Set against the backdrop of
Britain's racial and social tensions and the country's increasingly
compromised role in America's 'war against terrorism', The Closed Circle
shuttles between London and Birmingham, taking in fat cats, media advisers
and political protestors. As its characters struggle to make sense of the
perennial problems of love, vocation and family in a changing world, it
offers a bitter-sweet conclusion to the unfinished business of The Rotters'

Jonathan Coe—The Closed Circle

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