The dark but witty The Patrick Melrose Novels charts the life story of the highly dysfunctional, upper-class Patrick, together in one volume.
Edward St Aubyn was born in London in 1960. His superbly acclaimed Melrose novels are Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope (published collectively as the Some Hope trilogy), Mother's Milk (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2006) and At Last. He is also the author of the novels A Clue to the Exit, On the Edge and Lost for Words.
Extraordinary -- Sam Mendes
If something has kept you from reading this great novel in five parts, let it keep you no more . . . the experience of St Aubyn is indelible -- Jonathan Franzen
I've loved Edward St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels. Read them all, now -- David Nicholls
At once epic and intimate, appalling and comic, the Melrose novels are masterpieces -- Maggie O'Farrell
Why did it take me so long to fall in love with the brilliant novels of Edward St Aubyn * Brett Easton Ellis *
Humour, pathos, razor-sharp judgement, pain, joy and everything in between. The Melrose novels are a masterwork for the twenty-first century, by one of our greatest prose stylists * Alice Sebold *
Edward St Aubyn is among the handful of the current giants of English fiction * Edmund White *
Perhaps the most brilliant English novelist of his generation -- Alan Hollinghurst
The wit of Wilde, the lightness of Wodehouse, the waspishness of Waugh. A joy -- Zadie Smith
St Aubyn conveys the chaos of emotion, the confusion of heightened sensation, and the daunting contradictions of intellectual endeavour with a force and subtlety that have an exhilarating, almost therapeutic effect * Francis Wyndham *