Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick
Melrose novels were some of the most celebrated works of fiction of the past
decade. Ecstatic praise came from a wide range of admirers, from literary
superstars such as Zadie Smith, Francine Prose, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Michael
Chabon to pop-culture icons such as Anthony Bourdain and January Jones. Now St.
Aubyn returns with a hilariously smart send-up of a certain major British
The judges on the panel of
the Elysian Prize for Literature must get through hundreds of submissions to
find the best book of the year. Meanwhile, a host of writers are desperate for
Elysian attention: the brilliant writer and serial heartbreaker Katherine
Burns; the lovelorn debut novelist Sam Black; and Bunjee, convinced that his
magnum opus, The Mulberry
Elephant, will take the literary world by storm. Things go terribly
wrong when Katherine’s publisher accidentally submits a cookery book in place of
her novel; one of the judges finds himself in the middle of a scandal; and
Bunjee, aghast to learn his book isn’t on the short list, seeks revenge.
Lost for Words is a
witty, fabulously entertaining satire that cuts to the quick of some of the
deepest questions about the place of art in our celebrity-obsessed culture, and
asks how we can ever hope to recognize real talent when everyone has an agenda. Download and start listening now!