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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A privilege to read writing of this quality.
Edward St Aubyn writes such lacerating prose that the reader doesn't know what to do first: laugh, cry or reach for a plaster. I honestly feel it was a privilege to read this collection. Michael Chabon, another supreme master of his craft, has recently been talking quite a bit in the press about the Melrose books and in the most glowing terms. By all means ignore the...
Published 19 months ago by Sue Kichenside

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A privilege to read writing of this quality., 1 May 2013
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Sue Kichenside - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Edward St Aubyn Patrick Melrose Novels 5 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £39.95 (Mothers Milk, Never Mind, Bad News, At Last, Some Hope) (Paperback)
Edward St Aubyn writes such lacerating prose that the reader doesn't know what to do first: laugh, cry or reach for a plaster. I honestly feel it was a privilege to read this collection. Michael Chabon, another supreme master of his craft, has recently been talking quite a bit in the press about the Melrose books and in the most glowing terms. By all means ignore the recommendation of this humble reader, but it would be madness to ignore a serious thumbs up from Chabon. On which note, may I also recommend Michael Chabon's latest book Telegraph Avenue?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant series. Unmissable., 7 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Edward St Aubyn Patrick Melrose Novels 5 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £39.95 (Mothers Milk, Never Mind, Bad News, At Last, Some Hope) (Paperback)
St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose series is captivating. Semi-autobiographical, he takes us from Patrick's odd, privileged, lonely and frighteningly abused childhood through much of his life. The character development of Patrick and his intimates is powerful, brilliant. The continuing interest in the developing young rich-ish kid who travels from of drug and alcohol dependency followed by cold turkey to the very fragile career success as a barrister is compelling. The man remains damaged, on the brink of disaster all the time. The characters who inhabit Patrick's world are weird and wonderful: nasty, evil, pretentious, compassionate, wise cynics, foolish sycophants, loving friends, dangerous enemies. His father's influence dogs him throughout as is true of St Aubyn's life. it's brilliant. Each book is a bite-size chunk of dark, comic exposure of human motivation. The prose crackles. All human life is there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic writing, very harrowing at times, 17 July 2014
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Fantastic writing , very harrowing at times. St Aubyn's true story written as "Patrick" tells his life from boy to man and the abusive father who almost destroyed him ..... A great read .... Have a box of tissues at hand !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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I love these books - dark in places and grim but so funny and wonderfully written
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, 4 Jun 2014
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Brilliant writing, readable again and again, a clssic set will be talked about for years to come,couldn't stop reading them
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clever deep entertaining, 5 Jan 2013
This review is from: Edward St Aubyn Patrick Melrose Novels 5 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £39.95 (Mothers Milk, Never Mind, Bad News, At Last, Some Hope) (Paperback)
Edward St Aubtn might be read for many reasons ...Because he is clever, deep, entertaining and most of all because he touches something essential universal about humans which echoates deep down inside you long after you have finished reading him. A must read!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a great prose stylist who has found his own niche, 28 Sep 2014
This review is from: Edward St Aubyn Patrick Melrose Novels 5 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £39.95 (Mothers Milk, Never Mind, Bad News, At Last, Some Hope) (Paperback)
Though rather uneven, a great prose stylist who has found his own niche: WaughESQE but not Waugh. Dragged in places; dialogue is what author does best; should maybe try dramaturgy as well. Albeit longueurs, lapidary prose and sparkling ideas make up for them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Hope, 18 Sep 2014
This review is from: Edward St Aubyn Patrick Melrose Novels 5 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £39.95 (Mothers Milk, Never Mind, Bad News, At Last, Some Hope) (Paperback)
Very well written but very much a book without mass appeal. As it is 5 short books it can be read at a leisurely pace.Based on the life on the author it has a visceral impact
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Aug 2014
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J.A.C.M. Boekhoudt (Amsterdam, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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Riveting reading. Masterly written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 3 Aug 2014
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Great read. Moving and funny
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