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Brought to you by Penguin.

From the author of the internationally acclaimed Patrick Melrose books: a major new novel exploring some of the biggest ideas and most pressing questions of our times. 

Double Blind follows three close friends and their circle through a year of extraordinary transformation. Set between London, Cap d'Antibes, Big Sur and a re-wilded corner of Sussex, this thrilling, ambitious novel is as compelling about ecology, psychoanalysis, genetics and neuroscience as it is about love, fear and courage.

When Olivia meets a new lover, Francis, just as she is welcoming her dearest friend, Lucy, back from New York, her life expands precipitously. Her connection to Francis, a committed naturalist living off-grid, is immediate and startling. Eager to involve Lucy in her joy, Olivia introduces the two - but Lucy has news of her own that binds the trio unusually close. Over the months that follow, Lucy's boss, Hunter, Olivia's psychoanalyst parents and a young man named Sebastian are pulled into the friends' orbit and not one of them will emerge unchanged. 

Expansive, playful and compassionate, Double Blind investigates themes of inheritance, determinism, freedom, consciousness and the stories we tell about ourselves. Most of all, it is a perfect expression of the interconnections it sets out to examine and a moving evocation of an imagined world that is deeply intelligent, often tender, curious and very much alive.

©2021 Edward St Aubyn (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"The experience of St Aubyn is indelible." (Jonathan Franzen)

"A joy." (Zadie Smith)

"Among the giants of English fiction." (Edmund White)

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  • 30-05-2021

Interesting story and good narration

Like the humour, like the science, so like the story. Narration is what you can expect from BC

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  • 21-05-2021

Sublime

Stunning prose and a captivating plot. A thoroughly good read with loads of interesting ideas. Could not recommend it more highly!

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  • 01-08-2021

A brilliant, recognisible St.Aubyn

There is a Melrose in there somewhere (maybe thanks to the perfect fit Cumberbatch) but new is the complex hyperbolic language. A treat.

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  • 27-07-2021

Underwhelming

The story felt a little bit aimless, and although the ending had some satisfying conclusions I don’t know what happened to half the characters. The dialogue was a bit laboured in places.
The narration was the best bit for me- great characterisation of a diverse range of players.

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  • 11-07-2021

Funny, eloquent and well researched

I’m so happy to have enjoyed this novel! I held back buying it the first time I saw it in a shop as the reviews online were nice to Luke warm. Turns out it is a clever and very well written book with lovely (an less so) characters that speak in such a varied manner that I feel twice as happy having had Benedict Cumberbatch interpret them with such talent much superior to what my own imaginative laziness would have allowed. This, very recommended!

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  • 08-07-2021

humane

The author takes a kind view of adults dealing with life, their childhoods, and each other in this nicely plotted tale of seekers, be they mindful environmentalists, venture capitalists, scientists or monks.

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  • 17-06-2021

needs closure....

loved the story, humour and scientific expositions but the ending was disappointing. the characters needed to be developed with some form of closure. BC narration was excellent especially the different voices! really enjoyed it.

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