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The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, and At Last (The Patrick Melrose Novels) Paperback – Unabridged, May 5, 2015
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- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Paperback : 880 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250069602
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250069603
- Product Dimensions : 5.63 x 1.64 x 8.29 inches
- Publisher : Picador; Unabridged Edition (May 5, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #186,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The strongest and most shocking of these 5 novels is probably the first (though it was the fourth that received the Man Booker nomination). Those who have not read these books are HIGHLY encouraged to avoid reading any online reviews or author bios/interviews until they've finished, unless they want to come across some major spoilers.
Witty, elegant, and savage, this series of novels (more like novellas, actually) constitutes one of the best reading experiences I've had in years.
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As he says himself, he did not want to write one of those "Why Daddy, Why" type of abuse stories that litter supermarket bookshelves. There is no self-pity here - but there is anger at those who failed to protect him, and a savagely ironic pillorying of those around him who live shallow, superficial and inauthentic lives. Edward St Aubyn is a survivor who writes the most beautifully crafted and evocative prose, liberally sprinkled with wonderfully funny black humour.
I absolutely loved these novels and felt they were one of the best things I had read in the last 20 years. For those who don't flinch at the mention of emotional or sexual abuse, and who enjoy the emotional complexities of intelligent human beings, I cannot recommend these novels enough.