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Jonathan Coe | Cambridge Literary Festival

Jonathan Coe presents his new book, Bourneville.

  • 19th November 2023 - 19th November 2023
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

‘It is miraculous how, in his new novel, Coe has created a social history of postwar Britain as we are still living it. Bournville is a beautiful, and often very funny, tribute to an underexamined place and also a truly moving story of how a country discovered tolerance’ – Sathnam Sanghera, bestselling author of Empireland 

Making a welcome return to Cambridge, Jonathan Coe presents his latest novel, Bournville, a thought-provoking commentary of Britain, explored from the perspective of four generations of a single family. Travelling through seventy-five years of social change, from wartime nostalgia to the World Wide Web, one question starts to emerge: will these changing times bring the country – closer together, or leave them more adrift and divided than ever before. 

 In conversation with the New Statesman’s Tom Gatti.


  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • wheelchair access

Accessibility Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Induction loops
  • Staff available to assist
  • Wheel chair accessible

Did you know?

First World War poet Rupert Brooke studied at King’s College, Cambridge, and spent time living in Grantchester. He was so enamoured with the Cambridgeshire village he penned one of his most famous works, The Old Vicarage, about his home there.