The Swimming-Pool Library

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Alan Hollinghurst's first novel is a tour de force: a darkly erotic work that centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

By the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty.

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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)

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‘Deserves first prize in every category… superbly written, wildly funny’ Daily Telegraph

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