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At Last by Edward St. Aubyn
  

At Last

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

April 2012 Book of the Month.

One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012.

At Last is a masterpiece of glittering dark comedy and profound emotional truth. If you haven't already discovered these novels then a real treat awaits you. The eagerly anticipated conclusion to the brilliant Melrose sequence from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of Mother's Milk and Some Hope is now in paperback. If you want to appreciate the full brilliance of this talented author then do read the series in order as it provides one of the most powerful reflections on pain and acceptance, and the treacheries of family, ever written.

Never Mind (the first Melrose)

Bad News (Melrose 2)

Some Hope (Melrose 3)

Mother's Milk (Melrose 4)

At Last (the last Melrose)

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

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Synopsis

At Last by Edward St. Aubyn

As friends, relations and foes trickle in to Mortlake crematorium pay final respects to Patrick's mother, Eleanor, Patrick finds that his transition to orphanhood isn't necessarily the liberation he had so long imagined. Yet as the service ends and the family gather for a final party, amidst the social niceties and the social horrors, the calms and the rapids, Patrick begins to sense a new current. And at the end of the day, alone in his rooftop bedsit, it seems to promise some form of safety, at last.

Reviews

Praise for the Patrick Melrose novels:

'If you haven't yet discovered these novels, you have a treat in store' Evening Standard

'At once epic and intimate, appalling and comic, the Melrose novels are masterpieces' Maggie O'Farrell

'The main joy is the exquisite clarity of his prose, the almost uncanny sense he gives that precision and beauty invariably point to truth. A miraculously wrought piece of art' Suzi Feay, Financial Times

'Edward St Aubyn, like Proust, has created a world ...Who better than he to turn to if your faith in the future of literary fiction is wavering?' Alan Taylor, Herald

'A terrifying, spectacularly entertaining saga' James Lasdun, 'Book of the Week', Guardian

'Stingingly well-written and exhilaratingly funny' David Sexton, Evening Standard

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'.

Author photo © Timothy Allen

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Book Info

Publication date

6th April 2012

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

Relationship Stories
Books of the Month
Family Drama
Literary Fiction
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780330435925

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