Great news all you gay anglophiles! Picador will be publishing, Booker award winning author, Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel The Stranger’s Child in July. All of us here at Mary love Hollinghurst’s writing, so we are eagerly awaiting the summer to get our–surely by then– sun pocked hands on this book.

Picador’s Synopsis:

In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at ‘Two Acres’, the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but it is on George’s sixteen-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact, when Cecil writes her a poem which will become a touchstone for a generation, an evocation of an England about to change for ever. Linking the Sawle and Valance families irrevocably, the shared intimacies of this weekend become legendary events in a larger story, told and interpreted in different ways over the coming century, and subjected to the scrutiny of critics and biographers with their own agendas and anxieties. In a sequence of widely separated episodes we follow the two families through startling changes in fortune and circumstance. At the centre of this often richly comic history of sexual mores and literary reputation runs the story of Daphne, from innocent girlhood to wary old age. Around her Hollinghurst draws an absorbing picture of an England constantly in flux. As in “The Line of Beauty”, his impeccably nuanced exploration of changing taste, class and social etiquette is conveyed in deliciously witty and observant prose. Exposing our secret longings to the shocks and surprises of time, “The Stranger’s Child”¬† is an enthralling novel from one of the finest writers in the English language.

To pre-order the book click  here.

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I’ve loved everything Hollinghurst has written. I’ve even defended “The Spell” at times. But as I glanced at the green labyrinth cover of this book, I saw a swastika. Did anybody else see this? Did it see off-putting to anybody else?

Hwill added these pithy words on Apr 13 11 at 8:31 am

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