The Patrick Melrose Novels - Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk-logo

The Patrick Melrose Novels - Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk

Edward St. Aubyn

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER An Atlantic Magazine Best Book of the Year A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year "The Melrose Novels are a masterwork for the twenty-first century, written by one of the great prose stylists in England." -Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones For more than twenty years, acclaimed author Edward St. Aubyn has chronicled the life of Patrick Melrose, painting an extraordinary portrait of the beleaguered and self-loathing world of privilege. This single volume collects the first four novels-Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk, a Man Booker finalist-to coincide with the publication of At Last, the final installment of this unique novel cycle. By turns harrowing and hilarious, these beautifully written novels dissect the English upper class as we follow Patrick Melrose's story from child abuse to heroin addiction and recovery. Never Mind, the first novel, unfolds over a day and an evening at the family's chateaux in the south of France, where the sadistic and terrifying figure of David Melrose dominates the lives of his five-year-old son, Patrick, and his rich and unhappy American mother, Eleanor. From abuse to addiction, the second novel, Bad News opens as the twenty-two-year-old Patrick sets off to collect his father's ashes from New York, where he will spend a drug-crazed twenty-four hours. And back in England, the third novel, Some Hope, offers a sober and clean Patrick the possibility of recovery. The fourth novel, the Booker-shortlisted Mother's Milk, returns to the family chateau, where Patrick, now married and a father himself, struggles with child rearing, adultery, his mother's desire for assisted suicide, and the loss of the family home to a New Age foundation. Edward St. Aubyn offers a window into a world of utter decadence, amorality, greed, snobbery, and cruelty-welcome to the declining British aristocracy.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alex Jennings

Length:

21h 17m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:34


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

23:05


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

22:38


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

26:21


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

18:41


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

11:00


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

10:42


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

25:04


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

22:25


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

19:12


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

13:26


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

55:54


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

09:59


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

13:41


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

24:48


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

24:29


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

22:48


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

27:53


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

17:57


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

26:51


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

16:04


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

18:15


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

29:30


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

16:29


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

14:24


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

30:25


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

29:29


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

17:02


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

23:14


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

14:22


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

17:04


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

18:37


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

10:56


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

41:14


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

22:09


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

48:57


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

43:45


Part 4, Chapter 1
Part 4, Chapter 1

18:40


Part 4, Chapter 2
Part 4, Chapter 2

27:57


Part 4, Chapter 3
Part 4, Chapter 3

20:05


Part 4, Chapter 4
Part 4, Chapter 4

31:59


Part 4, Chapter 5
Part 4, Chapter 5

22:37


Part 4, Chapter 6
Part 4, Chapter 6

31:13


Part 4, Chapter 7
Part 4, Chapter 7

30:04


Part 4, Chapter 8
Part 4, Chapter 8

25:23


Part 4, Chapter 9
Part 4, Chapter 9

28:13


Part 4, Chapter 10
Part 4, Chapter 10

25:42


Part 4, Chapter 11
Part 4, Chapter 11

22:25


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

22:22


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

27:27


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

42:48


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

28:20


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

42:36