Released on 24 May 2012.

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The Stranger's Child

3.3 based on 7093 ratings & 908 reviews on

2012 Short-listed

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

2012 Long-listed

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

2011 Long-listed

Man Booker Prize


The Stranger's Child is Alan Hollinghurst's 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. Filled with intimacies and confusions, the weekend will link the families for ever, having the most lasting impact on George’s sixteen-year-old sister Daphne.

As the decades pass, Daphne and those around her endure startling changes in fortune and circumstance, reputations rise and fall, secrets are revealed and hidden and the events of that long-ago summer become part of a legendary story, told and interpreted in different ways by successive generations.

Powerful, absorbing and richly comic, The Stranger’s Child is a masterly exploration of English culture, taste and attitudes over a century of change.

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Elegant, seductive and extremely enjoyable . . . one of the best novels published this year
I would compare the novel to Middlemarch . . . a remarkable, unmissable achievement.
With The Stranger’s Child, an already remarkable talent unfurls into something spectacular.
Sunday Times