The Nettle Pit by Jonathan Coe

A family holiday with friends in Ireland, what could go wrong?

Jonathan Coe is the author of several novels including The Dwarves of Death and What a Carve Up! which won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger and The House of Sleep, which won the Writers' Guild Award (Best Fiction) and the Prix Médicis Etranger. The Rotters' Club was adapted for BBC Television and the sequel The Closed Circle, was published in 2004. This was followed by The Rain Before It Falls (2007), The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim (2010) and Expo 58 (2013). He is also the author of the biographies of Humphrey Bogart and James Stewart. His biography of the novelist B. S. Johnson was published in 2004 and won the Samuel Johnson Prize.  A collection of short fiction and non-fiction, 9th and 13th, was published in 2005.  His latest novel, Mr Wilder and Me is due to be released in November 2020.  Find out more at