With The Stranger‰۪s Child, an already remarkable talent unfurls into something spectacularI would compare the novel to Middlemarch . . . a remarkable, unmissable achievementElegant, seductive and extremely enjoyable . . . one of the best novels published this yearMagnificent . . . universally acclaimed as the best novel of the yearHollinghurst is a master storyteller . . . The Stranger‰۪s Child is to be cherishedThe UK number one bestseller from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty.
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 ‰ÛÒ and myth ‰ÛÒ can be built and broken. It is a powerful and utterly absorbing modern classic.
Alan Hollinghurst is the author of several novels including The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star, The Spell, The Line of Beauty and The Stranger's Child. He has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction and the 2004 Man Booker Prize. He lives in London.