OVERRIDE

On the Edge

A Novel

Edward St. Aubyn

Picador

FROM THE MAN BOOKER–SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF THE PATRICK MELROSE NOVELS

Called “the most brilliant novelist of his generation” (Alan Hollinghurst), Edward St. Aubyn captivated and astonished readers and critics alike with his mesmerizing quintet, the Patrick Melrose novels. Its publication introduced one of the most complex and fascinating protagonists in modern fiction.

Now being published for the first time in America, On the Edge is an uproarious and sharply rendered satire of the New Age, which shows St. Aubyn at his finest.

Peter Thorpe is disillusioned with his conventional life as a merchant banker until he meets Sabine, the most enchanting and enigmatic woman he’s ever encountered. His desire for her reaches such a pitch that he overturns his whole life, leaving everything behind to follow her into the stronghold of the New Age movement among the stunning peaks and valleys of Big Sur, California. There he meets an eccentric cast of spiritual seekers, joining them in pursuit of that elusive something (happiness?), which he never before dared to imagine possible.

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Adam arrived at Brooke’s San Francisco mansion wearing the flame-coloured Nehru jacket Yves had brought back for him from Paris. Most people couldn’t get away with a Nehru jacket, but Adam, in whose veins the lava of India and the phlegm of England combined with an intoxicating hiss, wore his new clothes with indiscreet self-assurance. Adam was on fire with the truth about the future of the human race and it was not a fire he intended to keep to himself.

‘I’m wearing my heart on your sleeve,’ he whispered to Yves in the taxi.

‘And

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Praise for On the Edge

Praise for On the Edge:

“A scintillating, serious comedy by a brilliant novelist.”—Francis Wyndham, The Sunday Telegraph (London)

“An intellectually informed, richly insightful, and vigorously funny take on the modern condition.”—The Sunday Times (London)

Praise for Edward St. Aubyn:

“Like Waugh, St. Aubyn writes with exquisite control and a brilliant comic touch.”—The Boston Globe

“St. Aubyn writes sentences that are so beautiful it almost hurts to read them.”—Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Edward St. Aubyn

  • Edward St. Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He is the author of the A Clue to the Exit and The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk. His final Patrick Melrose novel is the standalone At Last. Mother’s Milk was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
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On the Edge

A Novel

Edward St. Aubyn

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