The Line of Beauty (Paperback)
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The Line of Beauty (Paperback)

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Paperback 512 Pages / Published: 01/04/2005
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize, Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty is a classic novel about class, politics and sexuality in Margaret Thatcher's 1980s Britain.

It is the summer of 1983, and young Nick Guest, an innocent in the matters of politics and money, has moved into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: Gerald, an ambitious new Tory MP, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their children Toby and Catherine. Nick had idolized Toby at Oxford, but in his London life it will be the troubled Catherine who becomes his friend and his uneasy responsibility.

Innocent of politics and money, Nick is swept up into the Feddens' world and an era of endless possibility, all the while pursuing his own private obsession with beauty.

The Line of Beauty is Alan Hollinghurst's Man Booker Prize-winning masterpiece. It is a novel that defines a decade, exploring with peerless style a young man's collision with his own desires, and with a world he can never truly belong to.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330483216
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 368 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 33 mm


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Luminous... [an] astonishingly Jamesian novel, a crafty, glittering, sidelong bid by a contemporary master of English prose to be considered heir to James himself. For a novel that spans only four years, 1983 to 1987, it seems to encompass a world as capacious as any in a James novel. * The Times *
There is something memorable on every page... there is much to savour in The Line of Beauty, not least its humour, a shivering yet morally exacting satire that leaves no character untouched. * Times Literary Supplement *
Superb . . . Alan Hollinghurst is in the prime of his writing life, and the immaculate rolling cadences of his new novel are right now the keenest pleasure English prose has to offer. * Daily Telegraph *
Quite simply a joy to read. It is solid and traditional, beautifully crafted. A quiet masterpiece. * Scotland on Sunday *

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“yes, fantastic.”

Read the book then saw the film on BBC - both outstanding.
I worked in the City in the 80's and live in a leafy area of west Londobn and the author is so true to Life. I see characters like Wani and Ollie every... More

Paperback edition
18th December 2010
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“The Line of Beauty”

Simply brilliant!

Paperback edition
31st May 2009
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“A celebration of the 80's”

This is an excellent work by the author and brilliantly re-scripted for tv.
I recall well these times and the unbridled capitalism of the years but what the book shows us is how happy these days were for many and no... More

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19th December 2010
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