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.