With an introduction by Anthony Quinn 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 be one of excitements and confusions for everyone, but it is on George's sixteen-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact. As the decades pass, Daphne and those around her endure startling changes in fortune and circumstance and, as reputations rise and fall, the events of that long-ago summer become part of a legendary story. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Stranger's Child is Hollinghurst's masterly exploration of English culture, taste and attitudes. Epic in sweep, it intimately portrays a luminous but changing world and the ways memory - and myth - can be built and broken. It is a powerful and utterly absorbing modern classic.
The bestseller from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty
Shortlisted for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2012. Long-listed for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2012 and International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2011.
With The Stranger's Child, an already remarkable talent unfurls into something spectacular Sunday Times I would compare the novel to Middlemarch ... a remarkable, unmissable achievement Independent Elegant, seductive and extremely enjoyable ... one of the best novels published this year Guardian Magnificent ... universally acclaimed as the best novel of the year -- Philip Hensher Hollinghurst is a master storyteller ... The Stranger's Child is to be cherished -- John Banville
Alan Hollinghurst is the author of The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star, The Spell, The Line of Beauty and The Stranger's Child. He has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction and the 2004 Man Booker Prize. He lives in London.