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In One Person

by John Irving

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

In One Person Synopsis

Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a 'sexual suspect', a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 - in his landmark novel of 'terminal cases', The World According to Garp . His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany , John Irving's In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy's friends and lovers - a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself 'worthwhile'.

In One Person Press Reviews

'This wonderful novel is an epic, moving survey of 70 years of sexual revolution' The Times


'Deeply enjoyable... a comic celebration of polymorphous perversity, and of literature' Guardian


'Irving has rarely written with the gorgeous poise and control he musters here' Financial Times


'In One Person gives a lot. It's funny, as you would expect. It's risky in what it exposes. Tolerance, in a John Irving novel is not about anything goes; it's what happens when we face our own desires honestly, whether we act on them or not' -- Jeanette Winterson


'A brave and hugely affecting depiction of how in one life (sexual and otherwise) we contain multitudes' Elle

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780552778442
Publication date: 14/03/2013
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780857520968
Publication date: 10/05/2012
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552778442
Publication date: 14th March 2013
Author: John Irving
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 624 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About John Irving

John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942, and he once admitted that he was a 'grim' child. Although he excelled in English at school and knew by the time he graduated that he wanted to write novels, it was not until he met a young Southern novelist named John Yount, at the University of New Hampshire, that he received encouragement. 'It was so simple,' he remembers. 'Yount was the first person to point out that anything I did except writing was going to be vaguely unsatisfying.'In 1963, Irving enrolled at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, ...

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