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Some Hope by Edward St. Aubyn
  

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A story of abuse, addiction and recovery, this is a haunting yet funny depiction of a journey to and from the furthest limits of the human experience. This work offers what the title suggests, the reconciliation between the quest for forgiveness and redemption.

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

'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

Some Hope by Edward St. Aubyn

THE THIRD PATRICK MELROSE NOVEL Patrick Melrose, cleaned-up and world-weary, is a reluctant guest at a glittering party deep in the English countryside. Amid a crowd of flitting social dragonflies, he finds his search for redemption and capacity for forgiveness challenged by his observation of the cruelties around him. Armed with his biting wit and a newly fashioned openness, can Patrick, who has been to the furthest limits of experience and back again, find release from the savageries of his childhood? 'A masterpiece. Edward St Aubyn is a writer of immense gifts' Patrick McGrath 'St Aubyn's Melrose series slices and dices morality with prose so chiselled and a narrative so intense that the hairs on the back of your neck stand up' Geordie Greig, Evening Standard 'I've loved Edward St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels. Read them all, now' David Nicholls 'A memorable tour de force' New York Times Book Review

Reviews

Praise for the Patrick Melrose novels:

'Humor, pathos, razor-sharp judgement, pain, joy and everything in between. The Melrose novels are a masterwork for the twenty-first century, by one of our greatest prose stylists'
Alice Sebold

'The wit of Wilde, the lightness of Wodehouse, the waspishness of Waugh. A joy' Zadie Smith

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

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
224 pages

Categories

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

ISBN

9781447202967

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