Trotter, Harding, Anderton and Chase: sounds like a legal conglomerate, according to their wearily sarcastic English master. But in fact they are a quartet of young friends at a Birmingham school and the narrative of 'The Rotters' Club' is about to take them on an unforgettable ride through the surreal landscape of the 1970s.
'The Rotters' Club' is a zestful comedy of schoolchildren in crisis and adults in trauma; a novel in which the personal and the political intersect suddenly and without warning; a memoir of a long-lost era which shows that racism and class warfare could be just as rife in a school common room as on a car manufacturer's shop floor.
Unforgettably funny and painfully honest, Jonathan Coe's tale of Benjamin Trotter and his friends' coming of age during the 1970s is a heartfelt celebration of the joys and agonies of growing up. Set against the backdrop of the decade's class struggles, tragic and riotous by turns, packed with thwarted romance and furtive sex, 'The Rotters' Club' is for anyone who ever experienced adolescence the hard way.
Witty, poignant and oddly romantic, 'The Rotters' Club' will do for the 1970s what Jonathan Coe's classic novel 'What A Carve Up!' has already done for the 1980s.