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Arms dealing, dodgy bankers, privatising the NHS—is Coe's novel more relevant than ever?

“People ask me,” said writer Jonathan Coe last night at a Guardian event looking back on his masterpiece, “why don’t you write another What a Carve Up!? It’s all still so relevant. But that’s exactly why I’m not going to write another one.”

What a Carve Up! did to the 1980s in literature what Wall Street did in film. Constructed around the fictional Winshaw family, who between them represented all that was corrupting modern Britain,…

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