Alan Hollinghurst’s masterly exploration of English culture, taste and attitudes over a century of change. Powerful, absorbing and richly comic.

In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge friend Cecil Valance, a charismatic young poet, to visit his family home. The weekend will link the families forever, having the most lasting impact on George’s 16-year-old sister, Daphne. As the decades pass, Daphne and those around her endure startling changes in fortune and circumstance, and the events of that long-ago summer become part of a legendary story, retold and interpreted in different ways by successive generations.

Longlisted
The Man Booker Prize 2011
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Picador
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Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst

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Born in Stroud, England, Alan Hollinghurst is a novelist, poet, short story writer and translator.
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