The Patrick Melrose Novels

Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk

Edward St. Aubyn; Read By Alex Jennings

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“The Melrose Novels are a masterwork for the twenty-first century, written by one of the great prose stylists in England.” —Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

For more than twenty years, acclaimed author Edward St. Aubyn has chronicled the life of Patrick Melrose, painting an extraordinary portrait of the beleaguered and self-loathing world of privilege. This single volume collects the first four novels—Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother’s Milk, a Man Booker finalist—to coincide with the publication of At Last, the final installment of this unique novel cycle.

By turns harrowing and hilarious, these beautifully written novels dissect the English upper class as we follow Patrick Melrose’s story from child abuse to heroin addiction and recovery. Never Mind, the first novel, unfolds over a day and an evening at the family’s chateaux in the south of France, where the sadistic and terrifying figure of David Melrose dominates the lives of his five-year-old son, Patrick, and his rich and unhappy American mother, Eleanor. From abuse to addiction, the second novel, Bad News opens as the twenty-two-year-old Patrick sets off to collect his father’s ashes from New York, where he will spend a drug-crazed twenty-four hours. And back in England, the third novel, Some Hope, offers a sober and clean Patrick the possibility of recovery. The fourth novel, the Booker-shortlisted Mother’s Milk, returns to the family chateau, where Patrick, now married and a father himself, struggles with child rearing, adultery, his mother’s desire for assisted suicide, and the loss of the family home to a New Age foundation.

Edward St. Aubyn offers a window into a world of utter decadence, amorality, greed, snobbery, and cruelty—welcome to the declining British aristocracy.

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Edward St. Aubyn; Read By Alex Jennings

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.

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The Patrick Melrose Novels
Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk
Edward St. Aubyn; Read By Alex Jennings

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Macmillan Audio
December 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427244109
ISBN10: 1427244103
Audio Run Time: 21:30
$38.99

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January 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312429966
ISBN10: 0312429967
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5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 688 pages
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January 2012
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ISBN: 9781466840294
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