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Some Hope

Book Three of the Patrick Melrose Novels

Edward St. Aubyn

Picador

Some Hope, the third installment in Edward St. Aubyn’s wonderful, wry, and profound Patrick Melrose Cycle, is centered on a dinner party, attended by the illustrious and profane elite of British society. Patrick, who is now thirty and trying to recover from his addictions, considers becoming a lawyer, having spent most of his inheritance and in need of a job. Some Hope sees Patrick interacting with the contemptible but always fascinating British aristocracy again, and discovering that there might indeed be some hope for him after all.

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SOME HOPE (Chapter 1)

PATRICK WOKE UP KNOWING he had dreamed but unable to remember the contents of his dream. He felt the familiar ache of trying to track something that had just disappeared off the edge of consciousness but could still be inferred from its absence, like a whirlwind of scrap paper left by the passage of a fast car.

The obscure fragments of his dream, which seemed to have taken place beside a lake, were confused with the production of Measure for Measure he had seen the night before with Johnny Hall. Despite the director's choice of a bus depot as the setting for the play,

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Praise for Some Hope

Praise for the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“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

“When I read St. Aubyn I’m floored over and over again by the warmth and intelligence and eloquence of his work....Gorgeous, golden prose.”—Lev Grossman, Time

“On every page of St. Aubyn’s work is a sentence or a paragraph that prompts a laugh or a moment of enriched comprehension....Many of the scenes have a delicious, oysterish kind of edible comedy—they read smoothly and go down very easily, like something out of Anthony Powell.”—James Wood, The New Yorker

“Read as one long novel, these books form a portrait of a man that feels more alive and true than nearly any I can think of in literature. The Melrose novels have inspired me, changed me, and left me wholly dissatisfied with everything I have read since.”—Ann Patchett, The Guardian

“Why did it take me so long to fall in love with the brilliant novels of Edward St. Aubyn?”—Bret Easton Ellis

“Tantalizing...A memorable tour de force.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Edward St. Aubyn’s [novels] are so intoxicatingly witty that their high seriousness may not be immediately apparent. This seriousness...is intrinsic to his ferociously comic vision.”—The New York Review of Books

“Writing reviews you spend a lot of time typing out the sentences of other people, i.e., quoting. Usually this is dull work; with St. Aubyn, it’s a joy.”—Zadie Smith, Harper’s Magazine

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Edward St. Aubyn

  • EDWARD ST. AUBYN was born in London in 1960. His superbly acclaimed Patrick Melrose Cycle include Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope (previously published collectively as the Some Hope trilogy), Mother’s Milk (a Man Booker Prize finalist), and At Last. He is also the author of the novels A Clue to the Exit and On the Edge.
  • Edward St. Aubyn Timothy Allen
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Some Hope

Book Three of the Patrick Melrose Novels

Edward St. Aubyn

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