The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk

The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk

Edward St. Aubyn


An Atlantic Magazine most sensible e-book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly most sensible e-book of the Year

"The Melrose Novels are a masterwork for the twenty-first century, written by way of one of many nice prose stylists in England." ―Alice Sebold, writer of The stunning Bones

For greater than two decades, acclaimed writer Edward St. Aubyn has chronicled the lifetime of Patrick Melrose, portray a unprecedented portrait of the beleaguered and self-loathing international of privilege. This unmarried quantity collects the 1st 4 novels―Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk, a guy Booker finalist―to coincide with the booklet of At Last, the ultimate installment of this targeted novel cycle.

By turns harrowing and hilarious, those superbly written novels dissect the English higher classification as we stick with Patrick Melrose's tale from baby abuse to heroin dependancy and restoration. Never Mind, the 1st novel, unfolds over an afternoon and a night on the family's chateaux within the south of France, the place the sadistic and terrifying determine of David Melrose dominates the lives of his five-year-old son, Patrick, and his wealthy and unsatisfied American mom, Eleanor. From abuse to dependancy, the second one novel, Bad News opens because the twenty-two-year-old Patrick units off to gather his father's ashes from manhattan, the place he'll spend a drug-crazed twenty-four hours. And again in England, the 3rd novel, Some Hope, bargains a sober and fresh Patrick the opportunity of restoration. The fourth novel, the Booker-shortlisted Mother's Milk, returns to the relations chateau, the place Patrick, now married and a father himself, struggles with baby rearing, adultery, his mother's hope for assisted suicide, and the lack of the kin domestic to a brand new Age foundation.

Edward St. Aubyn deals a window right into a global of utter decadence, amorality, greed, snobbery, and cruelty―welcome to the declining British aristocracy.

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