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Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn
  

Lost for Words

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Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014.

From the bestselling author of the Patrick Melrose novels, this is a thought-provoking and entertaining insight into a sniping world of literature, celebrity culture and ambition.

Edward St Aubyn commented: 'The only thing I was sure of when I was writing this satire on literary prizes was that it wouldn't win any prizes. I was wrong. I had overlooked the one prize with a sense of humour.

If you like Edward St. Aubyn you might also like to read books by Beryl Bainbridge.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In this entertaining parody St Aubyn has conjured an entertaining cast of aspiring authors competing for the ‘Elysian Prize’, while each of the conniving judges has their own agenda. As ever, the issue of ‘readability’ is raised, as it was by Stella Rimington when she chaired the Booker Prize; and coincidentally, like Rimington, one of the characters here writes thrillers. The pastiche of this genre and many other styles of writing are among the best parts of this entertaining read, which funnily enough, recently won the Bollinger Everyman Prize for comic fiction.
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Synopsis

Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn

'Belly-achingly hilarious' Sunday Times 'Written with restless wit ...a pleasure.' Observer 'What makes you smile, and smile, and smile is the elegance of the writing. Seldom was so much pretentiousness skewered so stylishly.' Novel of the Week, Mail on Sunday 'Everything St. Aubyn writes is worth reading for the cleansing rancor of his intelligence and the fierce elegance of his prose.' Anne Enright, New York Times Book Review 'Black and brilliant stuff ...Very clever and extremely funny.' The Times

About the Author

Edward St. Aubyn

Edward St Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He is the author of seven novels, the most recent of which is At Last, the final volume in his Melrose series of novels. The others are 'Never Mind' (winner of the Betty Trask Award), 'Bad News', 'Mother’s Milk' (shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize and winner of the 2007 Prix Femina Etranger and the 2007 South Bank Show Award for Literature). Edward St Aubyn's other novels are 'On the Edge' (shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize) and 'A Clue to the Exit'.

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Book Info

Publication date

18th June 2015

Author

Edward St. Aubyn

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Author's Website

www.edwardstaubyn.com/

Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
All Shortlists and Winners
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780330454230

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