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Now a major Sky TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Moving from Provence to New York to Gloucestershire, from the savageries of a childhood with a cruel father and an alcoholic mother to an adulthood fraught with addiction, Patrick Melrose is on a mission to escape himself. 

But the drugs don’t make him forget his past, and the glittering parties offer him no redemption....

Searingly funny and deeply humane, Patrick Melrose: The Early Years contains the first three novels in the Patrick Melrose series, Never Mind, Bad News and Some Hope. Also available: Patrick Melrose The Later Years, containing the final two novels in the series, Mother’s Milk and At Last.

©2018 Edward St Aubyn (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Fabulous!!! *****

Amazingly well written and did not expect this book would grip me so much. The way the author describes addiction and reasons why Patrick uses substances is on point. The narration is fantastic and adds a lot of humour to quite a dark story at times. Can’t wait to listen to the next book.

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perfection

I haven't see the tv adaptation and I don't need to, this performance has taken me to the soul of the novels, the narrator hit the vein every time.

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Totally absorbing

Brilliant performance by Alex Jennings who brings to life characters who are at once repellent and fascinating!

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Brilliantly written, brilliantly performed and hugely insightful

if it wasn’t semi autobiographical it might be tempting to dismiss many of the characters as monsters or mere caricatures. But it is entirely believable, and absolutely enthralling. Even better than the tv adaptation.
I suspect that the third section, some hope, tells you everything you need to know about the character of the people who are currently doing such a comprehensively appalling job of governing this country.

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Awesome

This is such a beautifully written, thought provoking book. It has pathos, humour, an exploration of vengeance and forgiveness in the face of evil acts, and the best and worst parts of masculinity. The narration is fantastic

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  • Patricia
  • Wadebridge, United Kingdom
  • 09-06-18

Uncomfortable subject humorously delivered

Having watched the first tv episode of the book, I was intrigued to see if the book was any good. Cumberbatch is hilarious in his portrayal of the main character and I am pleased to say the narrator does equally well in his delivery. I have been laughing out loud at the descriptions offered. Its a sad subject but delivered in a manner that is cathartic and humorous. I read some reviews of people who said they just didn't understand what was going on at all. I am not sure what was so difficult to understand. The story is of a young man retelling his experiences as an addict and as a person who has experienced incest. Not pleasant subject matter but refreshingly told with humour and irony.

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  • 10-05-18

No idea what this is about

Tried to stay with it due to airing on the norton show as writer was commend - sorry but I can't go any further with this, I've listened a number of times to first couple of hours and I still don't know what it's about.

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Evelyn Waugh meets William Burroughs

Well, that's only true of the middle story of this volume, during the seedy NY period - but what a great combination! The prose is beautiful and all the more so if you enjoy the cynical humour which Patrick Melrose goes in for at this stage in his life. Alex Jennings is perfect for the job and pitches perfectly all the variables of age, class, gender and nationality. I feel sure that I'll revisit these tales. One of my favourite characters is Nicholas. Even although you might not agree with all he says, he just sounds like hugely entertaining company.

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Posh Bores Meets Glimpse of Redemption

Reading was faultless. Drooped a little in the middle though perhaps necessary to get a truly rotten sense of Patrick's smelly drug habit. Seems there's no need to EVER be jealous of the mostly awful elite, their absurd hierarchies and incredibly empty lives, though the gossipy details were almost as addictive as P's attraction to heroin. Still, I wish they weren't so ... um ... in charge.

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a fascinating insight into a privileged worl

it's quite a feat for the author to write such an engaging book when so many of the characters are dislikeable and unsympathetic. Apart from s few dodgy accents which made me wince I really enjoyed this book