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Never Mind by Edward St. Aubyn
  

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THE FIRST PATRICK MELROSE NOVEL.

At his mother's family house in the south of France, Patrick Melrose has the run of a magical garden. Bravely imaginative and self-sufficient, five-year-old Patrick encounters the volatile lives of adults with care. His father, David, rules with considered cruelty, and Eleanor, his mother, has retreated into drink. They are expecting guests for dinner. But this afternoon is unlike the chain of summer days before, and the shocking events that precede the guests' arrival tear Patrick's world in two.

Praise for the whole Melrose series of which this is the first:

'The Melrose sequence is now clearly one of the major achievements of contemporary British fiction. Stingingly well-written and exhilaratingly funny'
David Sexton, Evening Standard

'St Aubyn puts an entire family under a microscope, laying bare all its painful, unavoidable complexities. At once epic and intimate, appalling and comic, the novels are masterpieces, each and every one' Maggie O'Farrell

'Nothing about the plots can prepare you for the rich, acerbic comedy of St Aubyn's world or more surprising its philosophical density' Zadie Smith, Harpers & Queen

Never Mind (the first Melrose)

Bad News (Melrose 2)

Some Hope (Melrose 3)

Mother's Milk (Melrose 4)

At Last (the last Melrose)

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Synopsis

Never Mind by Edward St. Aubyn

Reviews

Praise for the Patrick Melrose novels:

'Perhaps the most brilliant English novelist of his generation' Alan Hollinghurst

'The Melrose sequence is now clearly one of the major achievements of contemporary British fiction. Stingingly well-written and exhilaratingly funny'
David Sexton, Evening Standard

'St Aubyn puts an entire family under a microscope, laying bare all its painful, unavoidable complexities. At once epic and intimate, appalling and comic, the novels are masterpieces, each and every one' Maggie O'Farrell

'Nothing about the plots can prepare you for the rich, acerbic comedy of St Aubyn's world or more surprising its philosophical density' Zadie Smith, Harpers

'St Aubyn's prose has an easy charm that masks a ferocious, searching intellect. One of the finest writers of his generation' 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'.

Author photo © Timothy Allen

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Publication date

1st 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
208 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447202936

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