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Longest Sentence
By Rebecca Jones, Arts Correspondent.

Jonathan Coe's new novel - The Rotters' Club - contains a sentence of 13,955 words.

We believe that this is the longest single sentence in the English language, easily outstripping Molly's soliloquy at the end of Ulysses.

According to Dr Lucia Boldrini, Lecturer in English Literature at Goldsmiths College, London, the longest of the eight sentences in Molly's monologue is 4,391 words.

Coe had no knowledge of this - he thought Joyce still held the record - and was, er, delighted to find out.

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