The Stranger's Child
The UK number one hardback bestseller from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty.
In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings the charming, aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance to his family's modest home. The shared intimacies of this weekend link the Sawle and Valance families irrevocably, becoming legendary events in a larger story, told and interpreted in different ways over the coming century.
Throughout this richly comic history of sexual mores and literary reputation we follow the two families, in a series of widely spaced episodes, through startling changes in fortune and circumstance. An impeccably nuanced exploration of changing taste, class and social etiquette, The Stranger's Child, written in deliciously witty and observant prose, is an enthralling novel from one of the finest writers in the English language.
Winner of Galaxy National Book Awards: Waterstone's UK Author of the Year 2011.
'With The Stranger's Child, an already remarkable talent unfurls into something spectacular' Sunday Times
'A remarkable, unmissable achievement ...One leaves the novel with a sense of the truly extraordinary' Independent
'Elegant, seductive and extremely enjoyable to read ...The Stranger's Child will no doubt be one of the best novels published this year' Guardian
Alan Hollinghurst is the author of four previous novels, The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star, The Spell and The Line of Beauty. 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.