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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007488874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007488872
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for THE FALL AND RISE OF GORDON COPPINGER:

‘Brilliant writing from a comic master, I loved it’ Rob Brydon

‘Pitch-perfect comedy, terrific social satire, excellent writing and a regular supply of cracking jokes – this is David Nobbs on superb form’ DAILY MAIL

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‘We should be thankful for the continuing brilliance of David Nobbs’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘A delicious entertainment, as comic and sharp as they come’ GUARDIAN

‘Probably our finest post-war comic novelist’ Jonathan Coe

About the Author

David Nobbs’s first break as a comedy writer came on the iconic satire show That Was The Week, That Was, hosted by David Frost. Later he wrote for The Frost Report and The Two Ronnies and provided material for many top comedians including Les Dawson, Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd and Dick Emery. Apart from his nineteen novels, David is best known for his two hit TV series A Bit of a Do and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. His new radio series With Nobbs On aired on Radio 4 in 2012.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By manhunter on 12 Jan. 2013
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The Fall and Rise of Gordon Coppinger proves that David Nobbs can still tell a gripping story and wring the comedy potential out of quite ordinary situations. Sir Gordon is suffering a middle-life crisis; married to a woman who bores him and juggling several mistresses,he is living off shareholders' money and borrowed time. From a dysfunctional family himself, Sir Gordon's only stable relationships come from members of his staff. His life revolves around Board Meetings, football matches and pubs - in fact, the plot resembles one glorious pub crawl in which the hero's tastes plunge from £200 a bottle wine to pints of Guinness. It is only when his working class roots begin to show,that Sir Gordon realises the failure of his success. Thought provoking and very funny!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By V. G. Harwood on 9 Dec. 2012
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I must admit, when I learned the title for David Nobbs' new book, my first thought was: hasn't he already done this? Didn't he once write a book with a very similar title? I, of course, was thinking of "The Fall and Rise of Reggie Perrin." Reggie might have been one of the most popular and well-loved of his character creations, but my first thought on marking the similarities in the titles was alarm bells. It struck me as an author who has run out of ideas and is striving to recapture some of his earlier, glory days. The Times, in a review of the book, have stated that "nothing that Nobbs has written since [Reggie] has had quite the same impact"; and it's true that this isn't the comic masterpiece that was Reggie Perrin.

Within the book, title aside, there are shades of Reggie - only this time the story is told from the insufferable viewpoint of the CJ character - Gordon Coppinger. Gordon, like CJ, is a man who knows how to make people uncomfortable, and with the clever use of office furniture (hard chair or easy chair?) emphasise their powerlessness in his company. I also detected shades of one of my other favourite characters of Nobbs' creation, Henry Ezra Pratt, within the novel. The grim Climthorpe United scenes really reminded me of the scenes within the Pratt novels relating to Thurmash United.

All of the above said, though, this is a completely different book from either Reggie or Henry Pratt. As time has passed, Nobbs's work has adopted a more serious tone and this is a serious novel about a man who is losing everything but slowly finding his humanity again.
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By D. Sedgwick on 4 Sept. 2013
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David Nobbs tackles corporate greed...almost because this book never quite manages to build up any sort of momentum. It's odd really as all the ingredients are there for a great comic thriller: The excesses of capitalism, the skeleton in the cupboard, the fragile ego, the hollowness of capitalism and yet it just never manages to catch fire.

The lack of fire is probably to do with the character of Gordon Coppinger - I never truly believed in the rags to riches story and I never really thought the fall from grace story ever truly convinced. There were several thin strands of sub-plots revolving around Gordon's family, which once more never really gelled.

The thene of corporate greed though ripe for satire never really stretches its comic legs. The usual Nobbs humour is there - most successful when not quite so corny and obvious. The end of the book too is signposted very early and provides a far from satisfactory conclusion to an oddly muted novel.

Overall a tadge disappointing and not entirely sure of itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Petty on 15 Feb. 2014
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...this is not his best work. It's a good read and I stuck with it willingly to the end (disappointing end I have to say). Nobbs has a fantastic writing style so I will read anything with his name on it but this was not up to the standard of some of his other work. Recommended though, but only if you are a fan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Wharton on 24 Aug. 2013
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As per usual David Nobbs never fails to satisfy, like an old-fashioned back scratcher, this book relieves the muscular tension caused by too little humour in our systems. Not sure about this metaphor - but there you are!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. L. Gillett on 27 July 2013
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The characters were well observed and the situations very funny. A book very relevant in our economic and moral morass.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter C on 2 Dec. 2012
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As a fan of David Nobbs' books, I have read nearly all of them over the years and feel that this one ranks amongst his very best. It is extremely well written and contains great insight and wit throughout. Although Sir Gordon has worshipped false gods during his life, especially money, it is difficult not to feel a degree of sympathy towards him as his self-critical side comes steadily to the fore. Although there is much humour throughout, the story line is particularly relevant today, and provides a salutary lesson about the consequences of the pursuit of material gain without regard for the effects on others. I wholeheartedly recommend this book; it is highly entertaining yet most thought provoking - another excellent composition from David Nobbs.
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A little disappointing. I`ve read most of his books and agree that he is definitely one of our best comic writers. The Reggie Perrin series is hilarious and I honestly rate his Obstacles to Young Love as one of the cleverest and most page-turning books I`ve read. Coppinger promises much but never quite manages to deliver fully - don`t know if it`s because the characters aren`t as interesting or charming as in many of his other books or the story isn`t quite as good (also, The Fall and Rise of....... bit of an unoriginal title, ha, ha!)

1 more small point. Can anybody advise me what is the `hidden message` in using the last sentence of each chapter as that chapter`s title? I just don`t get it! (Thank you)
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