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A brilliant writer tells the truth about England's rich

Javier Sirvent for TIME

Closing the book. This is St. Aubyn's fifth (and last?) novel about his alter ego Patrick

The British Novelist Edward St. Aubyn must be one of the most underrated writers in the English language. He isn't entirely unsung--his sixth novel, Mother's Milk, made it onto the short list for the Man Booker Prize in 2006--but he's not sung about anywhere near enough, especially not in the U.S. His books don't show up on best-seller lists; they tend to be passed hand to hand by cultish devotees and by writers who study him to try to figure out how on earth he does what he does.

St. Aubyn (you say it Saint Awe-bin) is the author of seven...

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