The Stranger's Child

by Alan Hollinghurst

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Winner of the Galaxy UK Author of the Year Award 2011.

 

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.

 

July 2011 Book of the Month.

This is Alan Hollinghurst's first novel since The Line of Beauty, winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize. As in The Line of Beauty, his impeccably nuanced exploration of changing taste, class and social etiquette is conveyed in deliciously witty and observant prose. Exposing our secret longings to the shocks and surprises of time, The Stranger's Child is an enthralling novel from one of the finest writers in the English language.  

 

At the centre of this often richly comic history of sexual mores and literary reputation runs the story of Daphne, from innocent girlhood to wary old age. Around her Hollinghurst draws an absorbing picture of an England constantly in flux.

The Stranger's Child Synopsis

In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at 'Two Acres', the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but it is on George's sixteen-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact, when Cecil writes her a poem which will become a touchstone for a generation, an evocation of an England about to change for ever.

 

Linking the Sawle and Valance families irrevocably, the shared intimacies of this weekend become legendary events in a larger story, told and interpreted in different ways over the coming century, and subjected to the scrutiny of critics and biographers with their own agendas and anxieties. In a sequence of widely separated episodes we follow the two families through startling changes in fortune and circumstance.

 

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ISBN: 9780330483247
Publication date: 16/04/2011
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780330483247
Publication date: 16th April 2011
Author: Alan Hollinghurst
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
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About Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst was born in Stroud in Gloucestershire, England in 1954 and was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. Between  1982 and 1995 he was on the staff of the Times Literary Supplement.   His first novel, The Swimming-Pool Library (1988), gives a vivid account of gay life in London during the early 1980s. It was followed by The Folding Star (1994), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction).  In 1998 he published Spell, a gay comedy of manners.   Hollinghurst's credits include the translation of Jean Racine's 17th century play, Bajazet, which ...

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