The Proof of My Innocence by Jonathan Coe (hardback) SIGNED pre order

The Proof of My Innocence by Jonathan Coe (hardback) SIGNED pre order

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A BLISTERINGLY FUNNY POLITICAL CRITIQUE WRAPPED UP IN A MURDER MYSTERY, FROM ONE OF BRITAIN'S MOST BELOVED NOVELISTS - AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW Published 7 November SIGNED COPIES while stocks last

 When Phyl, a young literature graduate, moves back home with her parents, she soon finds herself frustrated by the narrow horizons of English country life. As for her budding plans of becoming a writer, those are going nowhere. But the chance discovery of a forgotten novelist from the 1980s stirs her into action, as does a visit from a family friend, Chris - especially when he tells her that he’s working on a political story that could put his life in danger.

Chris has been following the progress of an opaque think-tank, founded at Cambridge University in the 1980s, which has been steadily pushing the British government in a more extreme direction. After years in the political wilderness, they are finally poised to put their ideas into action. As Britain finds itself under the leadership of a new Prime Minister whose tenure will only last for seven weeks, Chris pursues his story to a conference being held deep in the Cotswolds, where events take a sinister turn and a murder enquiry is soon in progress.

But will the solution to the mystery lie in contemporary politics, or in a literary enigma that is almost forty years old?

Darting between decades and genres, THE PROOF OF MY INNOCENCE re-imagines the cosy-crime caper, dark academia and the auto-biographical novel with Coe’s trademark humour and warmth. From one of Britain’s finest living novelists, this is a wickedly funny and razor-sharp novel, showing how the key to understanding the present can often be found in the murkiest corners of the past.

'Probably the best English novelist of his generation' Nick Hornby

 'Coe shows an understanding of this country that goes beyond what most cabinet ministers can muster