JONATHAN COE is an award-winning novelist, biographer, critic and script-writer. His novels include The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, What A Carve Up! (winner of the Mail on Sunday John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger), The House of Sleep (winner of the 1997 Writer’s Guild Award for best novel and the Prix Médicis Etranger), The Rotters’ Club (winner of 2001 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), The Closed Circle, The Rain Before it Falls, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, Expo 58, and Number 11. His non-fiction writing includes Like A Fiery Elephant: The Story of BS Johnson (winner of 2005 BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize), short biographies of Humphrey Bogart and James Stewart and Marginal Notes, Doubtful Statements, a collection of his literary criticism and other writings. His latest novel Middle England (‘Brilliantly funny . . . a compelling state of the nation novel, full of light and shade, which vividly charts modern Britain’s tragicomic slide’ Economist) was a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and reached number 15 on the UK bestseller list.