The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels
For the first time, all five books in the Patrick Melrose series are collected in a single edition:
Acclaimed for their searing wit and their deep humanity, this magnificent cycle of novels - in which Patrick Melrose battles to survive the savageries of his chil...more
This pentalogy of semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St. Aubyn, published between 1992 and 2011, subtly shames modern British aristocracy and ultimately devastates, in a manner only possible from one of its own. The collection examines the enduring damage from child rape/abuse, including, typically, a lifelong problem with substance abuse and addiction.
A short synopsis of each of the 5 novels herein (in order of publication):
NEVER MIN ...more
1. Never mind: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
2. Bad news: ⭐⭐⭐
3. Some hope: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
4. Mother's milk: ⭐⭐
5. At last: ⭐⭐⭐
0.5 because Patrick Melrose is one of my favourite characters ever and his growth brings tears to my eyes. ...more
I have no idea why I selected this book. Even after going back to read reviews, some of which were complimentary.
This is actually a compilation of 5 shorter books, and if you have 27 hours of your life you care nothing about, devote them to the audio rendi ...more
I decided to read the books when I read that ...more
The second book is “Bad News.” HBO filmed a 5-part Patrick Melrose series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and this is where ...more
Sometimes funny, often harrowing, but it is cynicism in which St Aubyn shows his true mastery, to a point where I almost felt these books were like ...more
So: Edward St Aubyn is a rich-ish, upper-class English bloke whose father raped him when he was five-years-old. His fictional alter-ego, Patrick Melrose, shares this history and the five novels cover Patrick’s life from the time of his father’s abuse to the death of his mother. What p ...more
In the first half of the 20th century, an English writer called Evelyn Waugh simultaneously predicted and chronicled the demise of elite British society in novels such as Decline and Fall, A Handful of Dust, and Brideshead Revisited. With his Patrick Melrose novels, Edward St Aubyn proves himself to be Waugh’s spiritual and literary offspring. All five books interlock seamlessly with the ones that surround them; all function better as one longer book than as stand-alone st ...more
What could he do but become a machine for turning terror into contempt? How could he relax his guard when beams of neurotic energy, l ...more
Never Mind: The first book in th ...more
The book chronicles significant chapters of the main character’s, Patrick Melrose, life from childhood (during which the abuse occurs) all the way to his redemption from his guilt laden self-loathing as a middle-aged father of two.
It also heavily features members of the British upper class, showcasing them in a not-so bright light, which results in hilarious and sad e ...more
His first novel, ‘Never Mind’ (1992) won the Betty Trask award. This no ...more