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Jonathan Coe: Expo 58 – in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas

Wednesday 9th October 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bristol, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU Literary Event, Chargeable Event

Jonathan Coe is the author of ten novels, including What a Carve Up and The Rotters' Club, as well as an award-winning biography of the novelist B S Johnson, Like A Fiery Elephant. He comes to the Festival of Ideas to talk about his work and in particular his latest novel, Expo 58.

London, 1958: unassuming civil servant Thomas Foley is plucked from his desk job at the Central Office of Information and sent on a six-month trip to Brussels. His task: to keep an eye on The Britannia, a new pub which will form the heart of the British presence at Expo 58 - the biggest World's Fair of the century. But Thomas' new-found sense of freedom comes at a price; Expo 58 may represent a glittering future, both for Europe and for Thomas, but he will soon be forced to decide where his public and private loyalties really lie.

Coe's Expo 58 stirs elements of Ealing comedy, Hitchcockian thriller and political farce into an incisive, affecting portrait of Britain as it stands at a postwar crossroads, faced with crucial choices between America and Europe, the future and the past.

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