Now a major Sky TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
The once illustrious, once wealthy Melroses are in peril, and Patrick Melrose, now a husband and father, is trying to gather together the pieces of his life. Caught up in the turmoil of broken promises, assisted suicide, adultery and - most tender and terrifying of all - fatherhood, Patrick is still a long way from salvation, but even as the family struggles against the pull of its dark past, a new generation promises new light, new hope and - perhaps - the promise of a brighter future.
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; Patrick Melrose Volume 2, containing the final two novels in the series, Mother's Milk and At Last.
"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