The Line of Beauty - Picador Classic (Paperback)
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The Line of Beauty - Picador Classic (Paperback)

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2004

With an introduction by Sebastian Faulks, The Line of Beauty is a classic novel about class, politics and sexuality in Margaret Thatcher's 1980s Britain.

There was the soft glare of the flash - twice - three times - a gleaming sense of occasion, the gleam floating in the eye as a blot of shadow, his heart running fast with no particular need of courage as he grinned and said, 'Prime Minister, would you like to dance?'

In the summer of 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the wealthy Feddens: Gerald, an ambitious Tory MP, his wife Rachel and their children Toby and Catherine. 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: 9781447275183
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A classic of our times . . . The work of a great English stylist in full maturity. A masterpiece.' - The Observer

'As good as the English novel gets. Almost every sentence is a thing of beauty.' - Sunday Telegraph

'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

'Hollinghurst can make language do what he wants . . . It makes a lot of contemporary fiction seem thin and underachieving. A brilliantly comical and accurate satire upon the high noon of Mrs Thatcher.' - Evening Standard

'The immaculate rolling cadences of his novel are the keenest pleasure English prose has to offer.' - Daily Telegraph

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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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