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    DescriptionEdward St. Aubyn is "great at dissecting an entire social world" (Michael Chabon, "Los Angeles Times") Edward St. Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels were some of the most celebrated works of fiction of the past decade. Ecstatic praise came from a wide range of admirers, from literary superstars such as Zadie Smith, Francine Prose, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Michael Chabon to pop-culture icons such as Anthony Bourdain and January Jones. Now St. Aubyn returns with a hilariously smart send-up of a certain major British literary award. The judges on the panel of the Elysian Prize for Literature must get through hundreds of submissions to find the best book of the year. Meanwhile, a host of writers are desperate for Elysian attention: the brilliant writer and serial heartbreaker Katherine Burns; the lovelorn debut novelist Sam Black; and Bunjee, convinced that his magnum opus, "The Mulberry Elephant," will take the literary world by storm. Things go terribly wrong when Katherine's publisher accidentally submits a cookery book in place of her novel; one of the judges finds himself in the middle of a scandal; and Bunjee, aghast to learn his book isn't on the short list, seeks revenge. "Lost for Words" is a witty, fabulously entertaining satire that cuts to the quick of some of the deepest questions about the place of art in our celebrity-obsessed culture, and asks how we can ever hope to recognize real talent when everyone has an agenda.

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    Lost for Words
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    By (author) Edward St Aubyn
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 261
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 217 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 390 g
    ISBN 13: 9780374280291
    ISBN 10: 0374280290

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    LC classification: PR6069.T134 L68 2014
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    Farrar Straus Giroux
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    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Publication date
    20 May 2014
    Author Information
    Edward St. Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He is the author of a series of highly acclaimed novels about the Melrose family, including "At Last" and "Mother's Milk," which was short-listed for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, as well as the novels "A Clue to the Exit "and "On the Edge."
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    Praise for "Lost for Words""Everything St. Aubyn writes is worth reading for the cleansing rancor of his intelligence and the fierce elegance of his prose..." --Anne Enright, "New York Times Book Review"""Lost for Words" is a ... satirical romp that showcases [St. Aubyn's] Waugh-like talent for comedy and "Washington Post """Lost for Words" is especially witty... a hilarious commentary on the dissonance between the daily lives of authors and how they are perceived publicly." --Maddie Crum, "Huffington Post"""Lost for Words" is... a satirical romp that showcases... [St. Aubyn's] Waugh-like talent for comedy and his unsparing eye for people's pretensions and self-delusions."--Mikicho Kakutani, "The New York Times"""Lost for Words... "is an entertaining squib... [with] perfectly aimed satirical barbs." --John Banville, "The New York Review of Books""St. Aubyn... executes his irony with phlegmatic and tightly controlled prose, underneath which lurks the trenchant exasperation of a veteran." --Esther Yi, "Los Angeles Review of Books""[D]eeply eloquent writing... St. Aubyn's mastery of language--and the resonance it can hew--can't help but come through." --Brian Gallagher, "The Seattle Times"""Lost for Words" is a withering satire... a deliciously irreverent novel." --Jonathan Yardley, "St. Aubyn's is a subtle, dry, and often dark type of humor... [he] once again skewers privilege in a humorous way." --Jason Diamond, "Flavorwire"""Lost for Words" [is a] savage field report. ...The best and meanest parts of the book are its pitch-perfect parodies of fashionable genres..." --Eugenia Williamson, "Boston Globe""["Lost for Words"] contains some of the best writing we're likely to read this year." --Hannah Beckerman, "Huffington Post""A light-footed romp and a notable taboo-buster... a frisky satire on modern literary manners and the funniest thing St. Aubyn has ever written." --"Sunday Telegraph""St Aubyn's powers of observation arei