Patrick Melrose

8 books in series
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The Patrick Melrose Novels Publisher's Summary

An Atlantic Magazine Best Book of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

"The Melrose Novels are a masterwork for the 21st century, written by one of the great prose stylists in England." (Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones)

For more than 20 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 22-year-old Patrick sets off to collect his father's ashes from New York, where he will spend a drug-crazed 24 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.

©2012 Edward St. Aubyn (P)2013 Pan Macmillan, LTD
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    • The Patrick Melrose Novels

    • Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk
    • By: Edward St. Aubyn
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  • Book 1

    • Never Mind

    • A Patrick Melrose Novel, Book 1
    • By: Edward St Aubyn
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
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    At his mother’s family house in the south of France, Patrick Melrose has the run of a magical garden. Bravely imaginative and self-sufficient, five-year-old Patrick encounters the volatile lives of adults with care. His father, David, rules with considered cruelty, and Eleanor, his mother, has retreated into drink. They are expecting guests for dinner. But this afternoon is unlike the chain of summer days before, and the shocking events that precede the guests’ arrival tear Patrick's world in two.

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  • Book 1-3

    • Patrick Melrose, Volume 1: Never Mind, Bad News and Some Hope

    • By: Edward St Aubyn
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
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    Now a major Sky TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Moving from Provence to New York to Gloucestershire, from the savageries of a childhood with a cruel father and an alcoholic mother to an adulthood fraught with addiction, Patrick Melrose is on a mission to escape himself. But the drugs don’t make him forget his past, and the glittering parties offer him no redemption....

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  • Book 5

    • At Last

    • A Patrick Melrose Novel, Book 5
    • By: Edward St Aubyn
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
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    As friends, relatives, and foes trickle in to pay their final respects to his mother, Eleanor, Patrick Melrose finds himself questioning whether a life without parents will be the liberation he has so long imagined. Yet as the memorial service ends and the family gathers one last time, amidst the social niceties and the social horrors, the calms and the rapids, Patrick begins to sense a new current: the chance of some form of safety - at last.

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  • Book 2

    • Bad News

    • A Patrick Melrose Novel, Book 2
    • By: Edward St Aubyn
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
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    Twenty-two years old and in the grip of a massive addiction, Patrick Melrose is forced to fly to New York to collect his father's ashes. Over the course of a weekend, Patrick’s remorseless search for drugs on the avenues of Manhattan, haunted by old acquaintances and insistent inner voices, sends him into a nightmarish spiral. Alone in his room at the Pierre Hotel, he pushes body and mind to the very edge - desperate always to stay one step ahead of his rapidly encroaching past.

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  • Book 4-5

    • Patrick Melrose, Volume 2: Mother's Milk and At Last

    • By: Edward St Aubyn
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
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    Now a major Sky TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The once illustrious, once wealthy Melroses are in peril, and Patrick Melrose, now a husband and father, is trying to gather together the pieces of his life. Caught up in the turmoil of broken promises, assisted suicide, adultery and - most tender and terrifying of all - fatherhood, Patrick is still a long way from salvation, but even as the family struggles against the pull of its dark past, a new generation promises new light, new hope and - perhaps - the promise of a brighter future.

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  • Book 3

    • Some Hope

    • A Patrick Melrose Novel, Book 3
    • By: Edward St Aubyn
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
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    Patrick Melrose, cleaned-up and world-weary, is a reluctant guest at a glittering party deep in the English countryside. Amid a crowd of flitting social dragonflies, he finds his search for redemption and capacity for forgiveness challenged by his observation of the cruelties around him. Armed with his biting wit and a newly fashioned openness, can Patrick, who has been to the furthest limits of experience and back again, find release from the savageries of his childhood?

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  • Book 4

    • Mother's Milk

    • A Patrick Melrose Novel, Book 4
    • By: Edward St Aubyn
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
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    The once-illustrious, once-wealthy Melroses are in peril. Caught up in the wreckage of broken promises, child-rearing, adultery, and assisted suicide, Patrick finds his wife Mary consumed by motherhood, his mother in thrall to a New Age foundation, and his young son Robert understanding far more than he should. But even as the family struggles against the pull of its ever-present past, a new generation brings a new tenderness, and the possibility of change.

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