The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. AubynNATIONAL BESTSELLER
An Atlantic Magazine Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
For more than twenty 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 twenty-two-year-old Patrick sets off to collect his father’s ashes from New York, where he will spend a drug-crazed twenty-four 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.
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Benedict Cumberbatch is back on our small screens, this time swapping his Sherlock Holmes cap for a martini glass in the new Showtime miniseries Patrick Melrose. Aubyn is an aristocratic British author who had both a charmed and traumatic childhood, growing up in homes in London and France in the s with his mother, who came from a wealthy American family, and his father, who sexually abused him. Aubyn perfected the antihero before it was a trend among prestige television shows like Breaking Bad and Dexter although, of course, in literature we can trace the drug-addled-but-brilliant protagonist trope to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And while the novels are about visceral human suffering, they are also about the triumph of the human spirit and how adversity can break and make you. Aubyn has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The show has a kind of fabled origin story already; Cumberbatch once said that the only two acting roles on his bucket list were Hamlet, which he played onstage in , and St. It seems like a miniseries was the right way to go with St.
Anne Thompson. He nails this guy. Edward St Aubyn and Benedict Cumberbatch. They had me in mind, it was a lovely meeting. Producing was fun for Cumberbatch.
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Hedonist extraordinaire Patrick Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock is running from his past. He takes any diversion that offers itself to him, be it drugs, alcohol or women. We first meet Patrick in the midst of a crushing heroin addiction, having just learned of the death of his monstrous father. The privileged Patrick has everything one would need to lead the life of a Byronic philandering rake, but behind the playboy veneer lurk the dark secrets of his childhood. Penniless aristocrat David is the epitome of a control freak. A former cavalry officer and doctor, his past life as a promising composer haunts his now empty existence, fueling his need to control and torment those around him.
Patrick Melrose is a five-part drama miniseries starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Melrose. The show is based on a series of semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St Aubyn. In the s, wealthy Englishman Patrick Melrose attempts to overcome his addictions and demons rooted in abuse by his cruel father and negligent mother. David Nicholls wrote the five episodes of the series, with Edward Berger directing. The first trailer debuted in April , with the series set to premiere on May 12 on Showtime.