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The Spell by Alan Hollinghurst
  

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The Spell by Alan Hollinghurst

The Spell is a comedy of sexual manners that follows the interlocking affairs of four men: Robin, an architect in his late forties, who is trying to build an idyllic life in Dorset with his younger lover, Justin; Robin's 22 year old son Danny, a volatile beauty who lives for clubbing and casual sex; and the shy Alex, who is Justin's ex-boyfriend. As each in turn falls under the spell of romance or drugs, country living or rough trade, a richly ironic picture emerges of the clashing imperatives of modern gay life. At once lyrical, sceptical and romantic, The Spell confirms Alan Hollinghurst as one of Britain's most important novelists. From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty.

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The Spell contains the most delicately sensuous portrait-painting...brilliant imagery...and hilarious cross-purpose jokes... Sentence by sentence the novel weaves its magic * Independent * A masterpiece of sustained literary titillation * The Times * Love, lust and loss among a group of middle-class gay Englishmen... Young and old, the town and the country, the wild and respectable: Holinghurst explores each of these uneasy conflicts with wit, generosity and sharply observed comedy * Mail on Sunday * A bewitchingly beautiful tale... confirms his pre-eminence among the prose writers of his generation * Daily Telegraph * Comic fantasy is grounded in a wealth of sharp observation and psychological insight. Hollinghurst has lost none of his authority * Evening Standard *


About the Author

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 was first performed in 1990.

The Line of Beauty, published in 2004, describes four years of change and tragedy in 1980s Britain; it won the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Hollinghurst lives in London.

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Publication date

3rd June 1999

Author

Alan Hollinghurst

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099276944

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