“Like Waugh, St. Aubyn writes with exquisite control and a brilliant comic touch . . . Patrick often seems like a Philip Roth hero transplanted into a world of English privilege . . . The Patrick Melrose Series forms an exhaustive study of cruelty: its varieties, its motivations, its consequences, its moral implications.”—The Boston Globe
"Implausibly brilliant speech . . . The striking gap between, on the one hand, the elegant polish of the narration, the silver rustle of these exquisite sentences, the poised narrowness of the social satire and, on the other hand, the screaming pain of the family violence inflicted on Patrick makes these books some of the strangest of contemporary novels . . . This prose, whose repressed English control is admired by everyone from Alan Hollinghurst to Will Self, is drawn inexorably back to a fearful instability, to the nakedness of infancy.”—James Wood, The New Yorker
"Gorgeous, golden prose . . . St. Aubyn is utterly fearless when faced with the task of unpacking and anatomizing the inner lives of characters. No emotion is so subtle and fleeting he can’t convey it, or so terrifying or shameful that he can’t face it.”—Lev Grossman, Time
"Parental death, heroin, childhood rape, emotional frigidity, suicide, alcoholism . . . 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, Harper’s Magazine "The literary-fiction reader's drug of choice....by dint of near-perfect execution, more readable straight through than Ulysses. In the end, St. Aubyn's novels are just so damn fun, so cuttingly comic, so wicked and quick....I couldn't read anyone else after [him] for several weeks."—Adam Ross, Los Angeles Times Review of Books
Edward St. Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He is the author of the A Clue to the Exit, On the Edge, and the most recent Patrick Melrose novel, At Last (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Mother’s Milk was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.