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Paperback 576 Pages / Published: 24/05/2012
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The Stranger's Child is Alan Hollinghurst's Sunday Times Novel of the Year.

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, having the most lasting impact 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 richly comic, The Stranger's Child is a masterly exploration of English culture, taste and attitudes over a century of change.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330483278
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 411 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 35 mm

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“Thorough Englishness!”

Whatever we can define 'Englishness' as, much of the answer can be found in this book.
It tackles history, the class system, war, sexuality and above all basic human behaviour. In the last of these we find a... More

Hardback edition
30th July 2011
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“The Family Portrait”

I really enjoyed this book: The Stranger's Child is about the lives of three bright young things before the First World War and how they are remembered. Hollinghurst captures each successive generation... More

Paperback edition
31st May 2012
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“Irresistible English society, an agreeable read.”

‘The Stranger’s Child’ covers a century of elite English society in satisfying detail. The plot begins with the Sawle family, in circumstances of precarious affluence before World War I. The first part takes place in... More

Paperback edition
28th August 2012
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