The Swimming-Pool Library (Paperback)
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Published: 02/07/2015
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'The Swimming-Pool Library is a perfect debut, in that it arrives confidently, with a fully formed style and bank of themes that the author would go on to explore for years to come' - Attitude

Young, gay, William Beckwith spends his time, and his trust fund, idly cruising London for erotic encounters. When he saves the life of an elderly man in a public convenience an unlikely job opportunity presents itself - the man, Lord Nantwich, is seeking a biographer.

Will agrees to take a look at Nantwich's diaries. But in the story he unravels, a tragedy of twentieth-century gay repression, lurk bitter truths about Will's own privileged existence.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784870317
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm


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The first major novel in Britain to put gay life in its modern place and context... A historic novel and historic début - Guardian

Deserves first prize in every category... superbly written, wildly funny - Daily Telegraph

The tautness and energy of Alan Hollinghurst's novel derive from its ambiguous status a it shimmers somewhere between pastoral romance and sulphurous confession, between an affectionate and credible rendering of contemporary mores and lurid melodrama...classic English prose...surely the best book about gay life yet written by an English author - Sunday Times

Beautifully welds the standard conventions of fiction to a tale of modern transgressions.It tells of impurities with shimmering elegance, of complexities with a camp-fired wit and of truths with a fiction's solid grace - New York Times Book Review

The Swimming-Pool Library is a perfect debut, in that it arrives confidently, with a fully formed style and bank of themes that the author would go on to explore for years to come - Attitude

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“A toe in the water”

I chose this book after really enjoying The Stranger's Child - and it is interesting to see the roots of The Stranger's Child in this earlier work. The Swimming Pool Library is the story with a man with too... More

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