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Title: Expo 58: A Novel
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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A comic spy caper and international love story, set in Europe in the middle of the last century, Expo 58 is the latest sublime creation by Jonathan Coe, hailed by Nick Hornby as “probably the best English novelist of his generation.”
Handsome, unassuming Thomas Foley is an employee at the Central Office of Information whose particular biography (Belgian mother, pub-owning father) makes him just the man to oversee the “authentic British pub” that will be erected at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. It’s the first major expo after World War II, meant to signify unity, but there’s inevitable intrigue involving the U.S. and Soviet delegations. In the shadow of an immense, imposingly modern structure called the Atomium, the married Foley becomes both agent and pawn—when he’s not falling head over heels for Anneke, his Belgian hostess.
Funny, fast-paced, and genuinely moving, Expo 58 is both a perfect evocation of a moment in history and the welcome return of one of today’s finest novelists.About the Author:
Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham, England, in 1961. He is the author of ten novels, including The Winshaw Legacy?, winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; The House of Sleep, winner of the 1998 Prix Médicis Étranger; The Rotters’ Club, winner of the Everyman Wodehouse Prize; The Closed Circle; The Rain Before It Falls; and The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim. His biography of the novelist B.?S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction book of the year. He lives in London with his wife and their two daughters.
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