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Edward St Aubyn


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Edward St Aubyn’s novels are like black diamonds: dark, glittering jewels.

His dark-witted books about the misdeeds of the privileged upper classes have been compared to Evelyn Waugh and Oscar Wilde. St Aubyn was born into immense wealth and privilege; his work draws on his upbringing and ‘monstrous’ parents.

His semi-autobiographical Patrick Melrose novels have been called ‘some of the most perceptive, elegantly written and hilarious novels of our era’. The fourth, Mother’s Milk, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Edward St Aubyn brilliantly blends savage social comedy with deeply affecting characters to create an unforgettable portrait of a man doomed by the apparent good fortune of his birth. He’ll be joined in conversation by Louise Swinn.


Edward St Aubyn

Celebrated English novelist Edward St Aubyn has been compared to both Evelyn Waugh and Oscar Wilde. St Aubyn is the author of seven novels. His first novel Never Mind won the Betty Trask award. This novel, along with Bad News, Some Hope, Mother’s Milk and most recently At Last are now collectively... Read more

Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn is a journalist, editor, critic and writer, co-founder of Sleepers independent publishers, the Small Press Network, and the Stella Prize. Louise edited Choice Words (Allen & Unwin, 2019), a collection of pieces demystifying abortion, and currently works as a journalist with the Aust... Read more


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