Edward St. Aubyn

Lost for Words

Added on March 30, 2015

Lost for Words Edward St. Aubyn Picador, London, 2014 Edward St. Aubyn won the 2014 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction for this hilarious send-up of the major literary awards. Before the award ceremony, St. Aubyn said, “The only thing I was sure of when I was writing this satire on literary prizes was [...]

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Never Mind

Added on June 22, 2014

Never Mind Edward St. Aubyn Heinemann, U.K. 1992 When I first discovered this debut novella, there was virtually no information on the web about it. Now that St. Aubyn has nine works of fiction published and has garnered worldwide recognition, there are a plethora of articles and reviews. Added to his later stories Bad News [...]

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Bad News

Added on May 15, 2014

Bad News Edward St. Aubyn Heinemann, U.K. 1992 This second novella by St. Aubyn is a sequel to his earlier novella, Never Mind, and together with Some Hope, published two years later, would make up the trilogy called the Patrick Melrose Trilogy. In 2003, the trilogy would be renamed Some Hope for the U.S. market, [...]

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Some Hope

Added on April 21, 2013

Some Hope Edward St. Aubyn Open City Press, New York, 2003 Although the original novellas that make up this book first came out in Britain in 1992 and 1994, this 2003 collection is the American debut of Edward St. Aubyn. The collection came out in the U.K. in 1998 under the title The Patrick Melrose [...]

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At Last

Added on November 9, 2012

At Last Edward St. Aubyn Picador, London, 2011 At Last is the brilliant culmination of St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose series consisting of Bad News, Never Mind, Some Hope, and Mother’s Milk. Another darkly comic story of privilege and the double-edged sword of family relations, At Last was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Many fans of [...]

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Mother’s Milk

Added on August 6, 2012

Mother’s Milk Edward St. Aubyn Open City Press, New York, 2005 Mother’s Milk was a finalist for the 2006 Booker Prize. It continues the story of Patrick Melrose, the protagonist from St. Aubyn’s trilogy Some Hope, although only loosely. It is a scathing and witty look at the shifting allegiances within a modern British family struggling [...]

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The Patrick Melrose Trilogy

Added on July 8, 2011

The Patrick Melrose Trilogy Edward St. Aubyn Vintage, U.K. 1998 This harrowing, yet often laugh-out-loud funny trilogy is probably better known in North America as Some Hope, put out by Open City Books in New York in 2003. The Patrick Melrose Trilogy however, was the first time St. Aubyn’s three novellas, Never Mind, Bad News, and [...]

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Bad News

Added on December 24, 2010

Bad News Edward St. Aubyn Mandarin, London, 1994 Bad News is the first part of a trilogy by St. Aubyn. The three stories were originally published separately, and later the complete trilogy was published under the title The Patrick Melrose Trilogy. Later still, the U.S. edition of the trilogy was renamed Some Hope. It gets even more [...]

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Mother’s Milk

Added on July 14, 2010

Mother’s Milk Edward St. Aubyn Picador, U.K. 2006 St. Aubyn loosely continues the story of Patrick Melrose from his trilogy best known as Some Hope. In Mother’s Milk St. Aubyn tackles the issues of shifting family loyalties and assisted suicide. According to their copyright pages, the U.S. Open City publication (which I featured in a [...]

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A Clue to the Exit

Added on June 25, 2010

A Clue to the Exit Edward St. Aubyn Chatto and Windus, U.K. 2000 Alan Hollinghurst calls St. Aubyn, “Perhaps the most brilliant English novelist of his generation.” According to the Guardian newspaper, the authentic ground of being is what Henry James called a clue to the exit from the human maze. St. Aubyn is a [...]

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