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Double Blind - Edward St Aubyn

Double Blind - Edward St Aubyn
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Title: Double Blind

Author:  Edward St Aubyn

ISBN:  9781787300255

Weight:  895 g

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Double Blind by Edward St Aubyn

From the author of the internationally acclaimed Patrick Melrose books: a major new novel exploring some of the biggest ideas and most pressing questions of our times.


Double Blind follows three close friends and their circle through a year of extraordinary transformation.  Set between London, Cap d’Antibes, Big Sur and a rewilded corner of Sussex, this thrilling, ambitious novel is as compelling about ecology, psychoanalysis, genetics and neuroscience as it is about love, fear and courage.

When Olivia meets a new lover, Francis, just as she is welcoming her dearest friend Lucy back from New York, her life expands precipitously.  Her connection to Francis, a committed naturalist living off-grid, is immediate and startling.  Eager to involve Lucy in her joy, Olivia introduces the two – but Lucy has news of her own that binds the trio unusually close.  Over the months that follow, Lucy’s boss Hunter, Olivia’s psychoanalyst parents, and a young man named Sebastian are pulled into the friends’ orbit, and not one of them will emerge unchanged.

Expansive, playful and compassionate, Double Blind investigates themes of inheritance, determinism, freedom, consciousness, and the stories we tell about ourselves.  Most of all, it is a perfect expression of the interconnections it sets out to examine, and a moving evocation of an imagined world that is deeply intelligent, often tender, curious, and very much alive.

Peer & Press Reviews

This is a novel with heart… Double Blind is both clever and compassionate, confirming St Aubyn as among the brightest lights of contemporary British literature.

Alex Preston, Spectator

If, as Henry James said, the first duty of the novelist is to be interesting, he would be happy in St Aubyn’s company.  Double Blind is emotionally cogent and intellectually fascinating.  There are reflections and conversations here which adroitly evoke those important intersections where science and our urgent contemporary concerns meet.  I was gripped by it.

Ian McEwan

St Aubyn has lost none of his ability to create rounded characters… and the witty dialogue is well up to the standard of the Melrose books.

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

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Title Double Blind
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Harvill Secker
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781787300255
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 239
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 28mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Timothy Allen
Design Suzanne Dean
illustration Rosanna Webster

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