#64 in series

The Stranger's Child

Picador Classic

Book 64 in the series

3.3 based on 6794 ratings & 877 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 01.06.2017
ISBN: 9781509852055
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

With an introduction by Anthony Quinn

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 – and myth – can be built and broken. It is a powerful and utterly absorbing modern classic.

In the media

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

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