Some Hope

Some Hope

Paperback The Patrick Melrose Novels

By (author) Edward St. Aubyn

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 16mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 6 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1447202961
  • ISBN 13: 9781447202967
  • Sales rank: 77,019

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THE THIRD PATRICK MELROSE NOVEL. Patrick Melrose, cleaned-up and world-weary, is a reluctant guest at a glittering party deep in the English countryside. Amid a crowd of flitting social dragonflies, he finds his search for redemption and capacity for forgiveness challenged by his observation of the cruelties around him. Armed with his biting wit and a newly fashioned openness, can Patrick, who has been to the furthest limits of experience and back again, find release from the savageries of his childhood? This title was originally published, along with Never Mind and Bad News, as part of a 3-book package, also called Some Hope.

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Edward St Aubyn was born in London in 1960. His superbly acclaimed Melrose novels are Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope (previously published collectively as the Some Hope trilogy), Mother's Milk (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2006) and At Last. He is also the author of the novels A Clue to the Exit and On the Edge.

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'Humor, pathos, razor-sharp judgement, pain, joy and everything in between. The Melrose novels are a masterwork for the twenty-first century, by one of our greatest prose stylists' Alice Sebold 'A memorable tour de force' New York Times Book Review 'I've loved Edward St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels. Read them all, now' David Nicholls 'St Aubyn's Melrose series slices and dices morality with prose so chiselled and a narrative so intense that the hairs on the back of your neck stand up' Geordie Greig, Evening Standard 'A masterpiece. Edward St Aubyn is a writer of immense gifts' Patrick McGrath 'The wit of Wilde, the lightness of Wodehouse, the waspishness of Waugh. A joy' Zadie Smith 'Perhaps the most brilliant English novelist of his generation' Alan Hollinghurst 'Humor, pathos, razor-sharp judgement, pain, joy and everything in between. The Melrose novels are a masterwork for the 21st century, by one of our greatest prose stylists' Alice Sebold 'From the very first lines I was completely hooked ... By turns witty, moving and an intense social comedy, I wept at the end but wouldn't dream of giving away the totally unexpected reason' Antonia Fraser, Sunday Telegraph 'Blackly comic, superbly written fiction ... His style is crisp and light; his similes exhilarating in their accuracy ... St Aubyn writes with luminous tenderness of Patrick's love for his sons' Caroline Moore, Sunday Telegraph 'Wonderful caustic wit ... Perhaps the very sprightliness of the prose -- its lapidary concision and moral certitude -- represents the cure for which the characters yearn. So much good writing is in itself a form of health' Edmund White, Guardian 'St Aubyn puts an entire family under a microscope, laying bare all its painful, unavoidable complexities. At once epic and intimate, appalling and comic, the novels are masterpieces, each and every one' Maggie O'Farrell 'Beautifully written, excruciatingly funny and also very tragic' Mariella Frostrup, Sky Magazine 'His prose has an easy charm that masks a ferocious, searching intellect. As a sketcher of character, his wit -- whether turned against pointless members of the aristocracy or hopeless crack dealers -- is ticklingly wicked. As an analyser of broken minds and tired hearts he is as energetic, careful and creative as the perfect shrink. And when it comes to spinning a good yarn, whether over the grand scale or within a single page of anecdote, he has a natural talent for keeping you on the edge of your seat' Melissa Katsoulis, The Times 'The Patrick Melrose novels can be read as the navigational charts of a mariner desperate not to end up in the wretched harbor from which he embarked on a voyage that has led in and out of heroin addiction, alcoholism, marital infidelity and a range of behaviors for which the term 'self-destructive' is the mildest of euphemisms. Some of the most perceptive, elegantly written and hilarious novels of our era... Remarkable' Francine Prose, New York Times 'Irony courses through these pages like adrenaline ... Patrick's intelligence processes his predicaments into elegant, lucid, dispassionate, near-aphoristic formulations ... Brimming with witty flair, sardonic perceptiveness and literary finesse' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times 'A humane meditation on lives blighted by the sins of the previous generation. St Aubyn remains among the cream of British novelists' Sunday Times 'The main joy of a St Aubyn novel is the exquisite clarity of his prose, the almost uncanny sense he gives that, in language as in mathematical formulae, precision and beauty invariably point to truth ... Characters in St Aubyn novels are hyper-articulate, and the witty dialogue is here, as ever, one of the chief joys' Suzi Feay, Financial Times 'The darkest possible comedy about the cruelty of the old to the young, vicious and excruciatingly honest. It opened my eyes to a whole realm of experience I have never seen written about. That's the mark of a masterpiece' The Times 'One of the most amazing reading experiences I've had in a decade.' Michael Chabon, LA Times