Following three friends and their circle through a year of transformation, Double Blind is about the headlong pursuit of knowledge - for pleasure, revelation, money, sanity, survival - and the consequences of fleeing what we already know about others and ourselves. When Olivia meets a new lover, Francis, just as she is welcoming her dearest friend Lucy back from New York, her life expands precipitously. Her connection to Francis, a committed naturalist living off-grid, is immediate and startling. Eager to involve Lucy in her joy, Olivia introduces the two - but Lucy has news of her own that binds the trio unusually close. Over the months that follow, Lucy's boss Hunter, Olivia's psychoanalyst parents, and a young man named Sebastian are pulled into the friends' orbit, and not one of them will emerge unchanged. St Aubyn's major new novel investigates themes of inheritance, determinism, freedom, consciousness, and is as compelling about ecology, psychoanalysis, genetics and neuroscience as it is about love, fear and courage. Most of all, it is a perfect expression of the interconnections it sets out to examine, and a moving evocation of an imagined world that is deeply intelligent, often tender, curious, and very much alive.
Edward St Aubyn was born in London. His superbly acclaimed Patrick Melrose novels are Never Mind , Bad News , Some Hope , Mother's Milk (winner of the Prix Femina etranger and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize), and At Last . The series was made into a BAFTA-award winning Sky Atlantic TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. St Aubyn is also the author of A Clue to the Exit , On the Edge ( shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize), Lost for Words (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), and Dunbar, his re-imagining of King Lear for Hogarth Shakespeare.
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