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The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim - Jonathan Coe

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim - Jonathan Coe
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Title: The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

Author:  Jonathan Coe

ISBN:  9780670917389

Weight:  983 g

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The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe

Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom.  Estranged from his father, newly divorced, unable to communicate with his only daughter, he realizes that while he may have seventy-four friends on Facebook, there is nobody in the world with whom he can actually share his problems.

Then a business proposition comes his way – a strange exercise in corporate PR that will require him to spend a week driving from London to a remote retail outlet on the Shetland Isles.  Setting out with an open mind, good intentions and a friendly voice on his SatNav for company, Maxwell finds that this journey soon takes a more serious turn, and carries him not only to the furthest point of the United Kingdom, but into some of the deepest and darkest corners of his own past.

In his sparkling and hugely enjoyable new book Jonathan Coe reinvents the picaresque novel for our time.

Peer & Press Reviews

The Terrible Privacy is more intimate than Coe’s previous novels.  Coe may blackly satirise an atomised 21st-century Britain pockmarked by Travelodges and in thrall to the empty caress of instant messaging but this geographical and cultural hinterland is really a physical correlative for Sim’s existential crisis.

Claire Allfree, Metro

Coe’s book is as funny and as well written as you’d expect: even the banality of Maxwell’s mind is rendered deadpan, with wonderful lightness.  It is archly and artfully structured, too; though I can’t, without spoiling a plot that delivers revelations and switch backs in careful sequence, go deeply into how.

Sam Leith, Prospect Magazine

Coe takes a risk in using the nerdish Sim as principal spokesman, but he carries it off by empathy, comedy and a venriloquist’s ear for idiom.  The conclusion to this fine novel, an ending in which Jonathan Coe himself plays a speaking part, is witty, unexpected and curiously unsettling.

Pamela Norris, Literary Review

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Title The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
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Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Jacket note On the front of the jacket is a ‘signed by the author’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a matt laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
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Publisher Penguin Books
Imprint Viking
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9780670917389
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 339
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 163 x 32mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Gunter Gluecklich
Jacket design gray318

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