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The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind; Bad News; Some Hope; Mother's Milk
 
 
Author
Edward St. Aubyn.
Publisher Picador  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780312429966
Pages/Publication Date 680/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29669
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(Omnibus includes a Man Booker Prize Finalist) Since 1992, British author and journalist Edward St. Aubyn has chronicled the life of Patrick Melrose, painting an extraordinary portrait of the beleaguered, self-loathing world of privilege. This single volume collects the first four novels—Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and the Man Booker Prize Finalist Mother's Milk—to complement the publication of At Last, the final installment of this unique novel cycle (Daedalus item #29675, available December 24, 2012). By turns harrowing and hilarious, these beautifully written novels dissect the English upper class through the saga of Patrick's journey from child abuse to heroin addiction, from recovery to some sort of redemption, in a world of utter decadence, amorality, greed, snobbery, and cruelty—the declining British aristocracy.

"In Never Mind, Patrick is five years old, living in Provence with his incredibly rich American mother, Eleanor, and his sadistic, abusive English father, David. In Bad News, Patrick, now 22, goes to New York to collect David's ashes, and there he feeds his addiction to various drugs in a spectacular fashion, spending over $10,000 in the course of a single day. If Bad News calls to mind Bright Lights, Big City, Some Hope is more like Wodehouse, with Patrick, now sober, attending a country-house party at which Princess Margaret is also a guest. Mother's Milk returns to Provence, where Patrick is vacationing with his wife and sons in the house that Eleanor has turned into a New Age wellness center."—Booklist

 
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