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At Last

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At Last by Edward St. Aubyn, book reviewAt Last is the fifth novel by Edward St.Aubyn to deal with the life of Patrick Penrose. The first three books in the sequence (Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope) were written in the 1990’s and there was then a gap to 2006 when Mother’s Milk was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. At Last is set on the day of the funeral of Eleanor Penrose, Patrick’s mother. It is perfectly possible to read At Last without having read any of the previous books – it stands alone as a novel – although in all likelihood a reader’s enjoyment would be increased by familiarity with the earlier novels.

At Last deals almost exclusively with a socially, financially and intellectually gifted group of characters.

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