A British writer Jonathan Coe is a participant of the 18th International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction, where the United Kingdom will be the Country of Honour this year as a part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016.


Born in Birmingham in 1961, Jonathan Coe is the author of eleven novels, including What a Carve up! and The Rotters’ Club, known for their satirical examination of contemporary British society.

He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and completed a Ph.D. on Henry Fielding's Tom Jones at Warwick University. He taught English Poetry at Warwick, subsequently working as a professional musician, writing music for jazz and cabaret. He also worked as a legal proof-reader before becoming a freelance writer and journalist. He is the author of several novels including The Dwarves of Death (1990), a cult murder story filmed as Five Seconds to Spare in 1999; the acclaimed What a Carve Up! (1994), winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; and The House of Sleep (1997), which won the Writers' Guild Award (Best Fiction) and the Prix Médicis Etranger (France). The Rotters' Club (2001) is set in Birmingham during the 1970s and tells the story of a group of school friends working on the school magazine, adapted for BBC Television in 2005.

His work has been widely translated across Europe including Russia. This year he has been appointed Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and received Italy’s prestigious Flaiano Prize. Jonathan is also a biographer of the British avant-garde writer B.S.Johnson, which won the 2005 Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction, and actors Humphrey Bogart and James Stewart.

Recent titles include The Rain Before It Falls (2007), The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim (2010), Expo 58 (2013) and Number 11 (2015). Number 11 has just been published in Russian by Phantom Press publishing house and will be available at the non/fictio№18 book fair.