Birmingham, England, c. 1973: industrial strikes, bad pop music, corrosive class warfare, adolescent angst, IRA bombings. Four friends: a class clown who stoops very low for a laugh; a confused artist enthralled by guitar rock; an earnest radical with socialist leanings; and a quiet dreamer obsessed with poetry, God, and the prettiest girl in school. As the world appears to self-destruct around them, they hold together to navigate the choppy waters of a decidedly ambiguous decade.
About the Author
Jonathan Coe is the author of The Winshaw Legacy and nine other novels. His many prizes include the Everyman Wodehouse Prize and the Samuel Johnson Prize.
COLIN BUCHANAN is a well known figure in the Church of England and in the Anglican Communion. He served on the Liturgical Commission and founded Grove Booklets which continues to provide essential introductions to many topical issues for clergy and laity. Previously the Bishop of Aston and now retired, he lives in Leeds.