Edward St Aubyn
Edward St Aubyn (born 14 January 1960 in Cornwall) is a British author and journalist. He is the author of seven novels, of which Mother’s Milk was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, won the 2007 Prix Femina Etranger, and won the 2007 South Bank Show award on literature. His first novel, Never Mind (1992) won the Betty Trask award. On the Edge (1998) was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. Education: He attended Westminster School and Keble College, Oxford University. Edward St Aubyn has two children, Lucian and Eleanor, and lives in London.
Patrick Melrose Series
Five of St Aubyn's novels, Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, and At Last, form The Patrick Melrose Novels, republished in a single volume in 2012. They are based on the author's own life, growing up in a highly dysfunctional upper-class English family, dealing with the deaths of both parents, alcoholism, heroin addiction and recovery, and marriage and parenthood.
Although the Melrose books are sometimes portrayed in the media as tales of decadent aristocracy, they are frequently caustic about the futility and triviality of people with inherited wealth, a point made very explicit in At Last, the final book in the Melrose series.
The books have been hailed as a powerful exploration of how emotional health can be carved out of childhood adversity.
Mother's Milk was made into a feature film in 2012. The screenplay was written by St Aubyn and director Gerald Fox. It stars Jack Davenport, Adrian Dunbar, Diana Quick, and Margaret Tyzack in her last performance.
- At Last. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2012. ISBN 978-0374298890.
- On The Edge. Chatto & Windus. 1998. ISBN 10701167254.
- A Clue To The Exit. Chatto & Windus. 2000. ISBN 0701169605.
- Mother's Milk. Grove Press, Open City Books. 2005. ISBN 978-1890447403.
- Some Hope: A Trilogy. Grove Press, Open City Books. 2003. ISBN 1890447366.
- Lost for Words. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2014. ISBN 9780374280291.
- Kakutani, Michiko (21 February 2012). "Laying to Rest Familial Horrors: Edward St. Aubyn’s ‘At Last,’ an Autobiographical Novel". New York Times. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
- James, OW, 2013, How to Achieve Emotional Health, London: Vermilion
- Guardian interview
- The Independent article
- "Edward St Aubyn and the enigma of consciousness" (Telegraph)
- Author website
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