Jane Charteris

Sheer Heaven

Some Hope


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It’s hardly a likely setting for an epiphany, a party full of the rich, the richer and the richest, all ghastly, in a marquee shrouded in ‘wastes of grey velvet’. Not exactly where you’d expect a person to begin to pull himself out of the ‘malarial swamp’ of his self-disgust. But Some Hope is the final volume in Edward St Aubyn’s seductively readable trilogy, and as with the first two (Never Mind, in which incestuous child abuse occurs within a ‘civilised’ English family, and Bad News, in which the protagonist combines collecting his father’s ashes with a monumental two-day drug binge) it is the incongruities that make, ultimately, for a very satisfying whole.

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