Political and personal events contrive to make a young student retreat from his normal lifestyle causing consternation among his friends although it is another recluse who attempts to help him through his problems. The author has also written "The Accidental Woman".
Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. His novels include The Rotters' Club, The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death and What a Carve Up!, which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. His latest novel is The Rain Before it Falls (Penguin, 2007).
The House of Sleep won the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Award for 1997.