Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn
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Powerful, compelling family drama of the first order – that’s what Edward St. Aubyn gives us here. It is a churning whirlwind of a book, inviting the reader to tear through pages to an almost compulsive degree. Sharp and smart and exceptionally written, “Dunbar” is yet another outstanding addition to the Hogarth Shakespeare catalog.
-The Maine Edge

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A reimagining of one of Shakespeare's most well-read tragedies, by the contemporary, critcally 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.
 

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Published October 3, 2017 by Hogarth. 258 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Oct 11 2017

Powerful, compelling family drama of the first order – that’s what Edward St. Aubyn gives us here. It is a churning whirlwind of a book, inviting the reader to tear through pages to an almost compulsive degree. Sharp and smart and exceptionally written, “Dunbar” is yet another outstanding addition to the Hogarth Shakespeare catalog.

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