Another installment in the Hogarth line of re-imagined versions of some of Shakespeare's best know works. St. Aubyn tackles the hefty chore of retelling one of the Bard's most retold plays, King Lear. Brought thoroughly modern, Lear becomes Henry Dunbar, an international media magnate who comes to regret turning over control of the company to his two viperous daughters - especially once he is imprisoned in a nursing home. Edward St. Aubyn is no stranger to devastating family discord, and that skill serves him extremely well here. The writing evokes definitive feelings about the two eldest daughters, and none of those feelings are warm or fuzzy. — From Scott's Picks (page 1)
A reimagining of one of Shakespeare's most well-read tragedies, by the contemporary, critically acclaimed master of domestic drama Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global media corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he hands over care of the corporation to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan, but as relations sour he starts to doubt the wisdom of past decisions. Now imprisoned in Meadowmeade, an upscale sanatorium in rural England, 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. But who will find him first, his beloved youngest daughter, Florence, or the tigresses Abby and Megan, so keen to divest him of his estate? Edward St Aubyn is renowned for his masterwork, the five Melrose novels, which dissect with savage and beautiful precision the agonies of family life. His take on King Lear, Shakespeare's most devastating family story, is an excoriating novel for and of our times - an examination of power, money and the value of forgiveness.
About the Author
Edward St Aubyn was born in London. His superbly acclaimed Patrick Melrose novels are Never Mind, which won a Betty Trask Award, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, which won the Prix Femina etranger and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and At Last. He is also the author of the novels A Clue to the Exit, On the Edge, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and Lost for Words, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize.