Guardian Book Club with Edward St Aubyn
Join us for an evening with acclaimed author Edward St Aubyn to discuss his new novel Dunbar, a modern retelling of King Lear.
Henry Dunbar, the once powerful head of a global corporation, handed over the family business to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan. 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. But who will find him first: his beloved youngest daughter Florence, or Abby and Megan, so keen to divest him of his estate?
St Aubyn is best known for his five autobiographical Patrick Melrose novels, which dissect the agonies of family life with honesty, wit and precision. His debut novel Never Mind won a Betty Trask award, while the fourth in the Melrose series, Mother’s Milk, was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker prize.
Dunbar is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series of novels based on plays by William Shakespeare. It follows Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time – her take on The Winter’s Tale – and Howard Jacobson’s reimagining of The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is My Name.
St Aubyn will be in conversation with John Mullan, professor of English literature at UCL and host of the Guardian Book Club.
There will be a book signing after the talk and copies of the novel will also be available to buy on the night.
Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.
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