The Patrick Melrose Novels

The Patrick Melrose Novels

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'Perhaps the most brilliant English novelist of his generation' Alan Hollinghurst

'The wit of Wilde, the lightness of Wodehouse, the waspishness of Waugh. A joy' Zadie Smith

Acclaimed for their searing wit and their deep humanity, the Patrick Melrose novels are one of the major achievements in English fiction. They follow Patrick through his shattered, savage childhood, his drug-addicted and haunted twenties, and into the complexities of middle age. As he negotiates the death of his parents, the compromises of marriage, and the fraught tenderness of eventual fatherhood, Patrick battles at first to stay ahead of his past, and then to find release from it.

Told with St Aubyn's astonishing precision, incomparable humour, and unnerving insight, Patrick's story - of a man who struggles to live a self-determined life, and who after many years begins to sense the possibility of liberation - takes on a universal resonance.

The boxed set includes Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, and At Last.
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Product details

  • Boxed Set
  • 134 x 202 x 84mm | 1,049g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1447223527
  • 9781447223528
  • 88,041

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St Aubyn conveys the chaos of emotion, the confusion of heightened sensation, and the daunting contradictions of intellectual endeavour with a force and subtlety that have an exhilarating, almost therapeutic effect * Francis Wyndham * 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 Edward St Aubyn is among the handful of the current giants of English fiction * Edmund White * Humour, 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 * Why did it take me so long to fall in love with the brilliant novels of Edward St Aubyn * Brett Easton Ellis * At once epic and intimate, appalling and comic, the Melrose novels are masterpieces -- Maggie O'Farrell I've loved Edward St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels. Read them all, now -- David Nicholls If something has kept you from reading this great novel in five parts, let it keep you no more . . . the experience of St Aubyn is indelible -- Jonathan Franzen Extraordinary -- Sam Mendes
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About Edward St Aubyn

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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