Jonathan Coe is an English novelist and writer.

He wrote fiction throughout his years at Trinity College, Cambridge and his postgraduate years at Warwick University where he was awarded a doctorate for his thesis on Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones. Still working on this thesis, he also completed The Accidental Woman, the first of his novels to be published. In the late 1980s he published his fourth novel, What a Carve Up! and had his first international success, with translations in sixteen languages. This was followed by The House of Sleep (1997), The Rotters’ Club (2001) and its sequel The Closed Circle (2004). In 2004, he published Like a Fiery Elephant, a biography of the British experimental novelist B.S. Johnson, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction book of the year. The Rotters’ Club was adapted as a BBC TV series in 2005. His novel Middle England (2018), saw the characters of The Rotters’ Club and The Closed Circle return to navigate the choppy waters of British life in the years before and immediately after the Brexit referendum and won both the 2019 Costa Novel of the Year and Prix du Livre Européen. In France he won the Prix Médicis for The House of Sleep and has been appointed Officier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres. In Italy he has also won the Premio Flaiano for Number 11 and the Premio Bauer-Ca’ Foscari. Coe has also served as a jury member at the Venice Film Festival in 1999 and the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2007.