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The Closed Circle

Narrated by: Nicholas Burns
Series: Rotters' Club, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Closed Circle by Jonathan Coe.   

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. 

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 a changing Britain and the country's increasingly compromised role in America's 'war against terrorism', the characters struggle to make sense of the perennial problems of love, vocation and family.

©2019 Jonathan Coe (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • CatherineB
  • 08-01-19

Disappointing reader

A very enjoyable novel that sums up Britain in the Blair years, but somewhat marred by the dull reading. The lack of vocal differentiation between characters made it hard to follow at times, and the reading was occasionally stilted and hesitant. For a book set largely in Birmingham, I would have thought an actor with a local accent more appropriate. Some of the ex-Longbridge workers were made unintentionally comical by the incongruity of their Home Counties accents, but generally I felt the flat reading failed to capture the humour of the book. Disappointing.