The Sparsholt Affair is the long-awaited sixth novel from Man Booker prize winning author Alan Hollinghurst. Beginning in Oxford during the Second World War and ending in London in 2013, The Sparsholt Affair is a masterly novel about sexuality, art and family secrets, told through the lives of three generations of one family. In this series of videos, Alan Hollinghurst discusses the novel, its themes and characters, and shares his reasons for writing about wartime Oxford. 

Alan Hollinghurst on: The Sparsholt Affair

 


Alan Hollinghurst on: David and Johnny Sparsholt


Alan Hollinghurst on: writing about Oxford in the Second World War


Alan Hollinghurst on: writing about life before and after the decriminalization of homosexuality


Alan Hollinghurst on: the changing landscape of class


Alan Hollinghurst on: the appeal of writing about the upper classes


Alan Hollinghurst on: the distinction between novelist and portraitist


Alan Hollinghurst on: the artist Paul Maitland