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Mr Wilder and Me - Jonathan Coe

Mr Wilder and Me - Jonathan Coe

Title: Mr Wilder and Me

Author:  Jonathan Coe

ISBN:  9780241454664

Weight:  753 g

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Mr Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe

The dazzling new novel from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Middle England

In the heady summer of 1977, a naïve young woman called Calista sets out from Athens to venture into the wider world.  On a Greek island that has been turned into a film set, she finds herself working for the famed Hollywood director Billy Wilder, about whom she knows almost nothing.  But the time she spends in this glamorous, unfamiliar new life will change her for good.

While Calista is thrilled with her new adventure, Wilder himself is living with the realisation that his star may be on the wane.  Rebuffed by Hollywood, he has financed his new film with German money, and when Calista follows him to Munich for the shooting of further scenes, she finds herself joining him on a journey of memory into the dark heart of his family history.

In a novel that is at once a tender coming-of-age story and an intimate portrait of one of cinema’s most intriguing figures, Jonathan Coe turns his gaze on the nature of time and fame, of family and the treacherous lure of nostalgia.  When the world is catapulting towards change, do you hold on for dear life or decide it’s time to let go?

Peer & Press Reviews

The life and light that flooded Middle England is preserved and multiplied in Mr Wilder & Me… a satisfyingly sweeping novel that still manages to push the form in new directions.  As good as anything he’s written – a novel to cherish.


A tender portrait.  Coe’s close-up on Wilder doesn’t just celebrate the man but embodies his glorious ability to say sad things in a funny way, and vice versa.

Daily Telegraph

Effortlessly pleasurable and deceptively simple.  Mr Wilder & Me doesn’t lack resonance, yet stays light on its feet.  The whole book feels like some marvellous party where you ricochet from one good conversation to another.


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Title Mr Wilder and Me
Book Features
Edition / printing Exclusive first edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page.
(Printed on this page is the phrase ‘Exclusive signed edition’, the author’s name, the month and year of publication, and the names of the imprint and publisher.)
Book Stats
Publisher Penguin Random House
Imprint Viking
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780241454664
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 242
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 144 x 26mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Stuart Simpson / Penguin Books
Jacket photographs © Alinari / Topfoto, © Bridgeman Images and © Mary Evans Picture Library

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