The Swimming-Pool Library

Author: Alan Hollinghurst

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…..Read More

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