The Stranger’s Child
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The Stranger’s Child

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge friend Cecil Valance, a charismatic young poet, to visit his family home. Filled with intimacies and confusions, the weekend will link the families for ever, but its deepest impact will be on George’s sixteen-year-old sister Daphne.

As the decades pass, Daphne and those around her endure startling changes in fortune and circumstance, reputations rise and fall, secrets are revealed and hidden and the events of that long-ago summer become part of a legendary story, told and interpreted in different ways by successive generations. Powerful, absorbing and comic, The Stranger’s Child is a masterly exploration of English culture, taste and attitudes over a century of change.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Alan
Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst is the author of the novels The Swimming-Pool Library; The Folding Star; The Spell; The Line of Beauty, winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The Stranger’s Child. He has also received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He lives in London.

Alan Hollinghurst is the author of the novels The Swimming-Pool Library; The Folding Star; The Spell; The Line of Beauty, winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The Stranger’s Child. He has also received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He lives in London.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

A weedy garden of literary mystery and family doldrums set during the First World War, British gentry, and Bloomsbury – elegant and philosophically charged prose.

An impeccably written book in Beautiful prose which explores changing taste, class and etiquette. The novel unfolds the story of the Sawle and the Valance and follows the families through extraordinary changes in their lives and their histories. Highly recommended and a dream to read.

The Stranger’s Child is an elegant, seductive and enjoyable to read.

Witty, nuanced and observant work from a great writer working at the height of his powers.

This exquisite, ironic and compassionate evocation of changing England and its social and personal mores impresses one with the author’s sophisticated style, the keen sense of time flowing and artistry of psychological portraits.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
24/05/2012
Publisher
Picador

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