Moving from Provence to New York to Gloucestershire, from the savageries of a childhood with a cruel father and an alcoholic mother to an adulthood fraught with addiction, Patrick Melrose is on a mission to escape himself.
But the drugs don't make him forget his past, and the glittering parties offer him no redemption...
Searingly funny and deeply humane, Patrick Melrose Volume 1 contains the first three novels in the Patrick Melrose series, Never Mind, Bad News and Some Hope. Also available: Patrick Melrose Volume 2, containing the final two novels in the series, Mother's Milk and At Last.
About the Author
Edward St Aubyn was born in London in 1960. His superbly acclaimed Melrose novels are Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2006) and At Last. He is also the author of the novels A Clue to the Exit, On the Edge, Lost for Words and Dunbar.
"The most brilliant British novelist writing today."
"One of the most amazing reading experiences I've had in a decade."
Michael Chabon, LA Times
"The main joy of a St Aubyn novel is the exquisite clarity of his prose, the almost uncanny sense he gives that, in language as in mathematical formulae, precision and beauty invariably point to truth . . . Characters in St Aubyn novels are hyper-articulate, and the witty dialogue is here, as ever, one of the chief joys."
Suzi Feay, Financial Times
"A humane meditation on lives blighted by the sins of the previous generation. St Aubyn remains among the cream of British novelists."
"Irony courses through these pages like adrenaline . . . Patrick's intelligence processes his predicaments into elegant, lucid, dispassionate, near-aphoristic formulations . . . Brimming with witty flair, sardonic perceptiveness and literary finesse."
Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 8th May 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.33