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Viewing Entry - Expo 58 (E11904)
by Coe, Jonathan

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Playing time for epub/audio formats : 8 hours 47 minutes


TitleExpo 58
Author / Responsible partyCoe, Jonathan
GenreHistorical fiction.
TopicsHistorical fiction. Brussels (Belgium) -- Fiction. Expo (International Exhibitions Bureau) (1958 : Brussels, Belgium) -- Fiction. England -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction. Civil service -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


Handsome but naive Englishman Thomas Foley is an employee at the Ministry of Information whose particular biography (Belgian mother, pub-owner father) makes him just the chap to oversee the "authentic British pub" that his country will be erecting at the Brussels 1958 World's Fair. It's the first major expo after WWII, meant to signify unity, but under the shadow of a mind-bending structure called Atomium, U.S. and Soviet delegations plot against each other. Foley becomes both agent and pawn-when he's not falling in love with his charming Belgian expo hostess. Funny, surprising, and moving, Expo 58 is both a deft evocation of a moment in post-war history and a display of Coe's seamless storytelling skills.

Additional Information

System control numberE11904
Original Print PublisherBoston : New Harvest/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Narrator NameNapoleon Ryan.
Participant or performer noteNapoleon Ryan.
Narrators GenderMale narrator