Alan Hollinghurst

The Line of Beauty

Added on April 5, 2014

The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst Bloomsbury, U.S.A. 2004 The Line of Beauty won the 2004 Booker Prize. The novel takes place during the Thatcher administration of the 1980′s and explores themes like homosexuality, hypocrisy, and the developing AIDS crisis. The BBC made The Line of Beauty into a three-part miniseries in 2006. The Booker [...]

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The Swimming Pool Library

Added on January 23, 2013

The Swimming Pool Library Alan Hollinghurst Chatto and Windus, London, 1988 This novel, with its many references to the early twentieth century gay English writer Ronald Firbank, won the 1989 Somerset Maugham Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize. Edmund White called it ‘…surely the best book about gay life yet written by an [...]

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The Folding Star

Added on March 14, 2012

The Folding Star Alan Hollinghurst Pantheon Books, New York, 1994 In this story of obsessions, a disaffected gay man moves from England to a country town in Flanders to tutor two boys. The Folding Star won the James Tait Black Memorial prize for fiction in 1994 and it was shortlisted for the Booker. The New York [...]

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The Stranger’s Child

Added on February 17, 2012

The Stranger’s Child Alan Hollinghurst Picador, U.K. 2011 This is another brilliant work of fiction by Hollinghurst, who won the Booker Prize for his previous novel The Line of Beauty. The Stranger’s Child is written in five novella length sections which focus  on the life and evolving history of a famous gay World War 1 poet. [...]

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The Spell

Added on June 30, 2010

The Spell Alan Hollinghurst Chatto and Windus, U.K. 1998 Hollinghurst’s prose here is eloquent and musical, easily weaving between the debauchery of London’s gay nightclubs and the seclusion of a Dorchester cottage. It was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. The Spell is Hollinghurst’s third novel after The Swimming Pool Library and The Folding Star. [...]

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