Jonathan Coe commended in ceremony at French Residence
22 June 2016
Jonathan Coe, author of novels such as What a Carve Up, has received the prestigious insignia of Officier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in a ceremony at the French Residence.
Ambassador Bermann, who presented the award, paid tribute to Coe’s wit and ironic realism providing a ’reader’s manual’ for today’s Britain.
In 1996 Jonathan Coe won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and, in 1998, the Prix Medicis étranger. Ambassador Bermann noted that by the end of the 1990s, Coe was "already France’s favourite British writer."
Coe’s book The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim was adapted for the screen by French filmmaker Michel Leclerc.
The Ambassador said it was "a real pleasure" to see the film recently at the Ciné Lumière, which starred French actor Jean-Pierre Bacri in the shoes of the "so British" Maxwell Sim.
Most recently, Coe has been a key proponent of the UK’s membership within the EU, signing a ’love letter’ to the EU from the UK in the TLS on the 2 June.
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