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Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis was born on 7 March, 1964, and is the author of American Psycho. He links many of his novels with recurring characters and has had his work translated into 27 different languages. He is also the writer of Lundar Park and The Rules of Attraction. Influenced by Ernest Hemingway, he is well-known for his satirical style.

Bret Easton Ellis Books

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    With an introduction by Irvine Welsh A cult classic, adapted into an award-winning film starring Christian Bale. Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, youth, charm, a job on Wall Street, reservations at every new restaurant in town and a line of girls around the block. He is also a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare ...Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. A multimillion-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature.
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    Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and works on Wall Street; he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to a head-on collision with America's greatest dream - and its worst nightmare - "American Psycho" is a bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognize but do not wish to confront. "American Psycho is a beautifully controlled, careful, important novel ...The novelist's function is to keep a running tag on the progress of the culture; and he's done it brilliantly ...A seminal book". (Fay Weldon, "Washington Post"). "The first novel to come along in years that takes on deep and Dostoyevskian themes ...Ellis is showing older authors where the hands have come to on the clock". (Norman Mailer, "Vanity Fair"). "Serious, clever and shatteringly effective ...For its savagely coherent picture of a society lethally addicted to blandness, it should be judged by the highest standards". ("Sunday Times").
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    In 1985, Bret Easton Ellis shocked, stunned and disturbed with his debut novel, "Less Than Zero". Published when he was just twenty-one, this extraordinary and instantly infamous work has done more than simply define a genre, it has become a rare thing: a cult classic and a timeless embodiment of the zeitgeist. It continues to be a landmark in the lives of successive generations of readers across the globe. Filled with relentless drinking in seamy bars and glamorous nightclubs, wild, drug-fuelled parties, and dispassionate sexual encounters, "Less Than Zero" - narrated by Clay, an eighteen-year-old student returning home to Los Angeles for Christmas - is a fierce coming-of-age story, justifiably celebrated for its unflinching depiction of hedonistic youth, its brutal portrayal of the inexorable consequences of such moral depravity, and its author's refusal to condone or chastise such behaviour. "An extraordinarily accomplished first novel". ("New Yorker")."The Catcher in the Rye for the MTV generation". ("USA Today"). "One of the most disturbing novels I've read in a long time. It possesses an unnerving air of documentary reality". (Michiko Kakutani, "New York Times").
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    Clay is a successful screenwriter, middle-aged and disaffected; he's in LA to cast his new movie. However, this trip is anything other than professional, and he's soon drifting through a louche and long-familiar circle - a world largely populated by the band of infamous teenagers first introduced in "Less Than Zero". But his debauched reverie is about to be interrupted by a violent plot for revenge and Clay's seemingly endless proclivity for betrayal and exploitation looks set to land him somewhere darker and more ominous than ever before. Reviews: "His tautest, most compulsively readable work since "American Psycho". A sequel to "Less Than Zero", it imagines what became of that book's group of over-privileged, dead-eyed kids as forty-year-olds". (Hari Kunzru). "A murder mystery - a woozy, paranoid, hallucinatory version of LA noir". ("Sunday Times). "Brilliantly written and coolly self-aware...Here, as in "Less Than Zero", Ellis is plumbing the depths of human nature, exposing it at its worst". ("Observer"). "The novel is a kind of modern noir and, as in Chandler, the form's accepted master, atmosphere is king. Paranoia prevails". ("Independent on Sunday").
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    The centre of the world: 1990s Manhattan. Victor Ward, a model with perfect abs and all the right friends, is seen and photographed everywhere, even in places he hasn't been and with people he doesn't know. On the eve of opening the trendiest nightclub in New York history, he's living with one beautiful model and having an affair with another. Now it's time to move to the next stage. But the future he gets is not the one he had in mind. "A master stylist with hideously interesting new-fangled manners and the heart of an old-fashioned moralist". ("Observer"). "Gets under the skin of our celebrity culture in a way that is both illuminating and frightening". ("Daily Telegraph"). "Does for the cold, minimal '90s what American Psycho did for the Wall Street greed of the '80s. You name it, he manages to get it all in". ("Vogue"). "Brilliant ...He is fast becoming a writer of real American genius". ("GQ").
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    He became a bestselling novelist while still in college, immediately famous and wealthy. He watched his insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box. He was lost in a haze of booze, drugs and vilification. Then he was given a second chance. This is the life of Bret Easton Ellis, the subject of this remarkable novel. Confounding one expectation after another, "Lunar Park" is equally hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking. It's the most original novel of an extraordinary career - and best of all: it all happened, every word is true. "An enormously entertaining novel, powered by a celebratory fun entirely absent in the writing of the generation of American writers who succeeded Ellis". ("Independent"). "Sharply observed, insidiously disquieting and extremely funny". ("Literary Review"). "A triumphant piece of storytelling from a rebel whose work is controversial precisely because its sinister themes are so dexterously written". (Chris Cleave, "Sunday Telegraph").
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    Incisive, controversial and startlingly funny, "The Rules of Attraction" examines a group of affluent students at a small, self-consciously bohemian, liberal-arts college on America's East Coast. Lauren, who changes the man in her bed even more often than she changes course, is dating Victor but sleeping with Sean. Sean - cool, ambivalent and deeply cynical - might be in love with Lauren, but he's not going to let that stop him from bedding Paul. Paul, as shrewd as he is passionate, is Lauren's ex-lover and the final point in this curious triangle. This is a breathtaking tale of sex, expectation, desire and frustration. "A tour of the heart of darkness, a moral armageddon". ("The Times"). "Compelling ...sympathetic to his 'lost generation' the way only Fitzgerald was about his". ("Vanity Fair"). "One of the primary inside sources in upper-middle-class America's continuing investigation of what has happened to its children". ("New York Times"). "Inspired. A wonderfully comic novel". (Gore Vidal)
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    Their voices enfold us as seamlessly as those of DJs heard over a car radio. The characters go to the same schools. They eat at the same restaurants. They have sex with the same boys and girls. They buy from the same dealers. Fusing voices into an intense, impressionistic narrative that blurs genders, generations and even identities, these stories capture the lives of a group of people, connected in the way only people in L.A. can be - suffering from nothing less than the death of the soul. "A writer at the peak of his powers ...The book takes us from the first to the seventh circles of hell, from Salinger to de Sade". (Will Self). "Ellis has the ability to capture modern reality with the ferocity of a collector driving a pin through a social butterfly". ("Guardian"). "The Informers is spare, austere, elegantly designed, telling in detail, coolly ferocious, sardonic in its humor; every vestige of authorial sentiment is expunged". ("New York Times").