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3.0 out of 5 stars The Ealing Comedy Never Made, 9 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Expo 58 (Hardcover)
This is the first Jonathan Coe book I've read, so I had no idea of what to expect, except maybe a humourous read, which is what I got.

Set in the Fifties, this is a gentle comedy which could easily have been made, starring Ian Carmicheal, Leslie Phillips, Barbara Windsor, Terry Thomas, Joan Sims and others from the comedy caper entourage from that era.

The period, and language, in which it's set, is described and evoked effortlessly, and you can see the film unfolding easily in your mind's eye. Maybe as the movie on Saturday afternoon on BBC2 before Playaway, back in the 1970s.

Entertaining enough read, but aside from that, I'm not sure this book would have been published if it came from a first-time author, as it's not outstanding, and it doesn't really push me in the direction of Jonathan Cole's other novels, which are widely-acclaimed.

So, in conclusion, one for hardcore fans of JC only. Or if you find a copy left on the tube or on a train, then pick it up if you have nothing else on the go.
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