Expo 58, Paperback
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Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe - Spies, girls and an Englishman abroad.

Trust no one. London, 1958: unassuming civil servant Thomas Foley is plucked from his desk job and sent on a six-month trip to Brussels.

His task: to keep an eye on The Britannia, a brand new pub which will form the heart of the British presence at Expo 58 - the biggest World's Fair of the century.

As soon as he arrives, Thomas is equally bewitched by the surreal, gigantic Atomium, which stands at the heart of this brave new world, and by Anneke, a lovely Flemish hostess. But Thomas' new-found sense of freedom comes at a price: two British spies are following him.

For fans of Jonathan Coe's classic comic bestsellers What a Carve Up! and The Rotters' Club, this hilarious new novel, which is set in the Mad Men period of the mid 50s, will also be loved by readers of Nick Hornby, William Boyd and Ian McEwan. "Clever and funny, enthralling and moving. Wonderful!." (Daily Mail). "Rich and splendidly comic." (Independent).




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I tend not to be able to follow the plot of proper spy novels, so it’s always nice when something like this comes out – spy fiction even I can understand. I even guessed part of the twist, so felt doubly chuffed by the end. It’s neatly packaged spy-lite, well written, and set against the interesting background of Expo 58, something I’d heard of but knew next to nothing about.

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Another enjoyable novel from Jonathan Coe, very readable with a lot of humour and interesting subject matter.

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