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What a Carve Up!

Narrated by: Richard Goulding
Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe, read by Richard Goulding.   

It is the 1980s, and the Winshaw family are getting richer and crueller by the year: newspaper-columnist Hilary gets thousands for telling it like it isn't; Henry's turning hospitals into car parks; Roddy's selling art in return for sex; down on the farm Dorothy's squeezing every last pound from her livestock; Thomas is making a killing on the stock exchange; and Mark is selling arms to dictators.  

But once their hapless biographer, Michael Owen, starts investigating the family's trail of greed, corruption and immoral doings, the time is growing ripe for the Winshaws to receive their comeuppance.... 

This wickedly funny take on life under the Thatcher government was the winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

Jonathan Coe's novels are filled with biting social commentary, moving and astute observations of life and hilarious set pieces that have made him one of the most popular writers of his generation. 

©2019 Jonathan Coe (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A sustained feat of humour, suspense and polemic, full of twists and ironies." (Hilary Mantel, Sunday Times

"A riveting social satire on the chattering and all-powerful upper classes." (Time Out)

"Big, hilarious, intricate, furious, moving." (Guardian)

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  • Hassan
  • 28-05-2020


A sophisticated narrative with great story telling, social commentary and interesting characters that is brilliantly read

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  • Martyn
  • 18-06-2019

Couldn’t get into it

Didn’t get into it as middle England but some ya win some ya lose onto the next one