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Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn

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Twenty-two years old and in the grip of a massive addiction, Patrick Melrose is forced to fly to New York to collect his father's ashes. Over the course of a weekend, Patrick's remorseless search for drugs on the avenues of Manhattan, haunted by old acquaintances and insistent inner voices, sends him into a nightmarish spiral. Alone in his room at the Pierre Hotel, he pushes body and mind to the very edge desperate always to stay one step ahead of his rapidly encroaching past.

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

'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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Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn


Praise for the Patrick Melrose novels:

'The Melrose novels are remarkable ferociously funny, painfully acute and exhilaratingly written. A brilliantly controlled story of a life sent out of control'
Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

'I've loved Edward St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels. Read them all, now' David Nicholls

'A beautifully written novel, whose harrowing but fiercely funny portrait of addiction is the best I've ever read' Time Out

'St Aubyn conveys the chaos of emotion, the confusion of heightened sensation, and the daunting contradictions of intellectual endeavour with a force and subtlety that have an exhilarating, almost therapeutic effect' Francis Wyndham, New York Review of Books

'Our purest living prose stylist' Guardian

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

12th April 2012


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Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan


256 pages


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Family Drama
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