Edward St Aubyn

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Edward St Aubyn
Born 14 January 1960
London, UK
Education Westminster School
Alma mater Keble College, Oxford
Occupation Author, journalist
Spouse(s) Nicola Shulman (divorced)
Children 2

Edward St Aubyn (born 14 January 1960 in London) is an English author and journalist. He is the author of eight novels. In 2006, Mother's Milk was nominated for the Booker Prize.

Personal life[edit]

St Aubyn grew up in London and France, where his family had a house.[1] His father, Roger, of half-Scottish descent, was a former soldier and a surgeon. His mother, Lorna, was descended from a wealthy American family based in Cincinnati. St Aubyn has described an unhappy childhood in which he was repeatedly raped by his father from the ages of five to eight with the complicity of his mother.[1][2]

He attended Westminster School and in 1979 went on to read English at Keble College, Oxford by which time he was a heroin addict.[1] He entered psychotherapy at the age of twenty-five and subsequently became a professional writer.

Edward St Aubyn has two children, and lives in London. In his 20s he was briefly married to the author Nicola Shulman.

Patrick Melrose Series[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.

On 28 February 2017 it was announced that Benedict Cumberbatch would star as Patrick Melrose in a five-part tv series, with each episode based on a different novel in the series. The series is a joint production of Showtime and Sky Atlantic. The series started production in August 2017.[5][6]

Awards and honours[edit]



  1. ^ a b c Brown, Mick (2 May 2014). "How writing helped Edward St Aubyn exorcise his demons". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Moss, Stephen (17 August 2011). "'Edward St Aubyn: 'Writing is horrible". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (21 February 2012). "Laying to Rest Familial Horrors: Edward St. Aubyn's 'At Last,' an Autobiographical Novel". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  4. ^ James, OW, 2013, How to Achieve Emotional Health, London: Vermilion
  5. ^ Benedict Cumberbatch to star as playboy Patrick Melrose in a TV adaptation of Edward St Aubyn's bestselling novels
  6. ^ Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In Limited Series ‘Melrose’ Picked Up By Showtime

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