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Lost For Words

3.27 based on 2005 ratings & 371 reviews on

2015 Long-listed

The Folio Prize

2014 Winner

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize


'Belly-achingly hilarious' Sunday Times

'Written with restless wit . . . a pleasure.' Observer

'What makes you smile, and smile, and smile is the elegance of the writing. Seldom was so much pretentiousness skewered so stylishly.' Novel of the Week, Mail on Sunday

'Everything St. Aubyn writes is worth reading for the cleansing rancor of his intelligence and the fierce elegance of his prose.' Anne Enright, New York Times Book Review

'Black and brilliant stuff . . . Very clever and extremely funny.' The Times

In the media

[An] intricate satire, written with restless wit . . . A gorgeous viciousness is present . . . St Aubyn's ear for fakery never falters . . . This novel is a pleasure to read
A fizzing satire that neatly skewers all the contradictions and absurdities of literary prize-giving, and the awkward fit between literature and 'celebrity'
Daily Telegraph
This is a seriously entertaining and inventive novel by which I mean it is not serious at all but exceptionally entertaining and inventive. And seriously good. Edward St Aubyn is already considered the master of social satire . . . With Lost for Words, he cements this reputation and, if anything, surpasses himself . . . The writing is brilliantly playful . . . A lesser author might have steered clear of such a large cast of characters but St Aubyn manages them effortlessly . . . Brilliantly plotted . . . In the end, St Aubyn hits a note of truth and optimism. To do this without becoming saccharine and didactic is an amazing achievement . . . Please read this book if you're in a bad mood. You will be cured of it.
Sunday Express