Dunbar by Edward St Aubyn, author of the Patrick Melrose novels

Dunbar

‘He was driven to be alone with his madness, even if being alone was driving him increasingly mad’

Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global media corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he handed over care of the corporation to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan. But relations quickly soured, leaving him to doubt the wisdom of past decisions.

Now imprisoned in a care home in the Lake District with only a demented alcoholic comedian as company, Dunbar starts planning his escape. As he flees into the hills, his family is hot on his heels. Who will find him first, his beloved youngest daughter, Florence, or the tigresses Abby and Megan, so keen to divest him of his estate?

“St Aubyn has a natural talent for keeping you on the edge of your seat… His prose has an easy charm that masks a ferocious, searching intellect” (The Times)

“Malevolently enjoyable… A fable of fatherly neglect and daughterly cruelty” (Financial Times)

“Deeply affecting…and funny” (Observer)

“Powerful… Entertaining” (Spectator)

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