Mother's Milk by Edward St Aubyn

Mother's Milk

Edward St Aubyn

A thought provoking yet humorous read, showing just how much of an emotional rollercoaster "ordinary" family life can be. Told from the three perspectives of father, mother and (unbelievably mature) young son, the book is about real life - right from the trauma of being born to the complex emotions brought about by elderly and dying parents.

Extract

Patrick realized he was upsetting his mother... One day he was going to have to drop the whole thing, but just for now he was going to go on fighting; he couldn't stop himself. Fight with what, though? If only he hadn't gone to such trouble to make his mother's folly legally viable. She had handed him, without any sense of irony, the task of disinheriting himself, and he had carried it out carefully.

Parallels
  • August by Gerard Woodward
  • Old Filth by Jane Gardam