By Jonathan Coe
Jonathan Coe isn't a prolific author of brief tales - the seven during this assortment make up his complete output (as opposed to ten released novels) - yet every one is a jewel of storytelling and characterization. and every may well in basic terms have come from the pen of the novelist Coe. in truth no less than 3 of the tales right here, even though self-contained, are a part of a bigger undertaking to depict the background of a fictional Midlands kinfolk, a venture including the novels The Rain ahead of It Falls and Expo fifty eight. Loggerheads is accordingly crucial studying for all lovers of Coe.
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