“He very seldom used painkillers, preferring a steady flow of alcohol and the consciousness of his own heroism.”
Edward St Aubyn – ‘Never Mind’
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There’s been a lot of publicity in the British media lately for a new TV series featuring that nice Benedict Cumberbatch in an adaptation of a series of novels by Edward St Aubyn. Now, him I had heard of – vaguely – but I knew nothing of these books, which feature the character Patrick Melrose.
As the series is being shown on a satellite channel that I don’t have, I thought I’d read at least the first book in the series, which is where this one-liner appears. The book is…..errrrm…..not without its moments.