Lost for Words

Lost for Words

A Novel

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374280291
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 22 cm


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Bunny_Watson716 Dec 02, 2015

A light funny send-up of the world of literary prizes. Nothing too serious.

Dec 03, 2014

Witty characterization could not save this strange, haphazard story.

Sep 25, 2014

A fun read about a fictional literary award and the motley collection of judges, publishers and authors competing and conspiring for the honours. I was a bit disappointed and gave this three stars partly because St. Aubyn's other novels - especially the Patrick Melrose books - are so exceptional. Those books are difficult to read because of some of their subject matter, but amazing writing.

ser_library Jul 29, 2014

the joke paled after 50 pages

bdemian Jun 12, 2014

Hilarious and smart; biting satire of an incestuous literary scene, but with a big heart. An absolute delight.

Jun 11, 2014

'Lost for words he isn't'. Edward St Aubyn has written a brilliant send-up of the whole world of literary prizes .Absolutely hilarious.


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