Dunbar

Dunbar Review

‘I really did have an empire, you know,’ said Dunbar. ‘Have I ever told you the story of how it was stolen from me?

Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he handed over care of the family firm to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan. But relations quickly soured, leaving him doubting the wisdom of past decisions...

Now imprisoned in a care home in the Lake District with only a demented alcoholic comedian as company, Dunbar starts planning his escape. As he flees into the hills, his family is hot on his heels. But who will find him first, his beloved youngest daughter, Florence, or the tigresses Abby and Megan, so keen to divest him of his estate?

Edward St Aubyn is renowned for his masterwork, the five Melrose novels, which dissect with savage and beautiful precision the agonies of family life. His take on King Lear, Shakespeare’s most devastating family story, is an excoriating novel for and of our times – an examination of power, money and the value of forgiveness.

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  • Paromjit

    I first read King Lear when I studied it at school, it is my favourite Shakespeare play despite its deep darkness. It is an epic tale and tragedy, a traumatic, troubling, and gruesome story of a man m...

  • Amalia Gavea

    ‘’I must tell my story...Oh God, let me not go mad! ‘’ I won’t lie. I am a sworn Shakespeare purist and there is nothing that can alter my mind. My opinion on the Hogarth Shakespeare series...

  • Susan

    This is one of the Hogarth Press series of Shakespeare modern adaptations and, in this novel, we have Edward St Aubyn (best known for the Patrick Melrose novels) re-imagining “King Lear.” Now, I m...

  • Rebecca Foster

    An underwhelming King Lear adaptation. Didn’t Jane Smiley already give us a less caustic version of this daughters-fighting-over-the-family-business scenario (A Thousand Acres)? St. Aubyn’s Lear s...

  • Roger Brunyate

    What's the Point?By what criteria are we to judge the novels in the Hogarth Shakespeare Series? This is the sixth to be published, and the question only gets more puzzling with each one. Famous author...

  • Victoria

    A novel of righteous indignation, cruel betrayal and twisted family dynamics all rendered with clever, precise writing.This is the first of the Hogarth series I’ve read (if you discount Nutshell whi...

  • Joseph

    Dunbar is a modern retelling of Shakespear's King Lear. It's been quite a long time since I read Lear as an undergraduate and I wondered how much of what I remembered would affect what I read. To a ca...

  • James

    The Hogarth Shakespeare series of novels (6 now published and 2 more pending) are re-imaginings, re-positionings, rewrites, adaptations, inspired by, based on, the plays of William Shakespeare – cal...

  • Lisa

    This book worked better for me when I stopped comparing it to King Lear.The author has taken certain aspects of the original play and brought them to the modern day but left a lot behind.I thought the...

  • Roman Clodia

    Was this the triumph of self-knowledge: to suffer more lucidly?Apart from a misstep with Othello, the Hogarth Shakespeare series of modern re-engagements with the plays has been excellent to date, and...