Jonathan Coe, The Rotters' Club

Lisa Salem-Wiseman (Humber College)
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The sixth novel by British novelist Jonathan Coe,

The Rotters’ Club

(2001) follows the lives of a group of friends growing up in Birmingham in the 1970s, creating a poignant, insightful, and often-hilarious portrait of a troubled and turbulent time in British society. Benjamin Trotter and his friends struggle to grow up amid class antagonism, racial conflict, factory closures, IRA pub bombings, the election of Margaret Thatcher, and the rise of punk rock. With his signature blend of sharp social commentary, engrossing plots, and wicked humour, Coe explores the coming-of-age, not only of Benjamin Trotter, but of England itself.

Born on August 19, 1961, in a suburb of Birmingham, England, Coe has been writing fiction since he was a child. After receiving a B.A. in English Literature from

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Citation: Salem-Wiseman, Lisa. "The Rotters' Club". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 March 2007 [, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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