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A brilliant series. Unmissable.
on 7 September 2014
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.