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A Good Place To Start

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Never Mind 1

A Bad Place To Start

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Mother's Milk 1

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Edward St. Aubyn (1960 - )

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bookbug April 20th, 2013 09:33 PM PST

St. Aubyn is a brilliant author, honest, incisively observant, an extraordinary stylist, witty in an angry, even vicious way, ruthless in the very best tradition of literature. His books are engaging on both a visceral and intellectual level; they appall and delight and are breathtakingly written.
Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk and At Last are all linked by their protagonist, Patrick Melrose, who ages from early childhood to well into adulthood through the five books. It's a tour de force--and clearly, one should start at the beginning, with Never Mind.

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