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A century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations.

With an introduction by Anthony Quinn.


The Stranger's Child was a 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. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for everyone, but it is on George's sixteen-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact. As the decades pass, Daphne and those around her endure startling changes in fortune and circumstance and, as reputations rise and fall, the events of that long-ago summer become part of a legendary story.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Stranger's Child is Hollinghurst's masterly exploration of English culture, taste and attitudes. Epic in sweep, it intimately portrays a luminous but changing world and the ways memory - and myth - can be built and broken. It is a powerful and utterly absorbing modern classic.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509852048
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 479 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
With The Stranger's Child, an already remarkable talent unfurls into something spectacular * Sunday Times *
I would compare the novel to Middlemarch . . . a remarkable, unmissable achievement * Independent *
Elegant, seductive and extremely enjoyable . . . one of the best novels published this year * Guardian *
Magnificent . . . universally acclaimed as the best novel of the year -- Philip Hensher
Hollinghurst is a master storyteller . . . The Stranger's Child is to be cherished -- John Banville

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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

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“A great summer book”

This book was simply wonderful, with The Stranger’s Child Hollinghurst has resurrected all the elegance of a classic Evelyn Waugh novel. The story centres around the Valance family, especially on Cecil Valance, a... More

Paperback edition
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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

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