Winner of the 2006 South Bank Literature Award
The once illustrious, once wealthy Melroses are in peril. Caught in the wreckage of broken promises, child-rearing, adultery and assisted suicide, Patrick finds his wife consumed by motherhood, his mother consumed by a New Age foundation, and his five-year-old son Robert understanding far more than he ought.
Showcasing Edward St Aubyn’s ability to combine the most excruciating emotional pain with the driest comedy, Mother's Milk is a dazzling exploration of the troubled allegiances between parents and children, husbands and wives. Acerbically witty, disarmingly tender, it goes to the core of a family trapped in the remains of its ever-present past.
'So good - so fantastically well-written, profound and humane . . . it is heart-stopping' Observer
'The bravura quality of St Aubyn's performance is irresistible' Sunday Telegraph
'Wonderful caustic wit . . . Polished yet profound, it’s even better than his previous work, and that’s saying something’ Guardian