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's 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'
IndependentJonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. Expo 58 is
his tenth novel. The previous nine are all available in Penguin:
The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, What a
Carve Up! (which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), The House
of Sleep (which won the 1998 Prix Medicis Etranger), The Rotters'
Club (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse Prize), The Closed Circle,
The Rain Before It Falls and The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim.
His biography of the novelist B.S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant,
won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction book of the