Watch Alan Hollinghurst discuss The Sparsholt Affair

06 October 2017

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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



The Sparsholt Affair

The Sparsholt Affair

Alan Hollinghurst’s masterly new novel evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations. It explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, The Sparsholt Affair is an unmissable achievement from one of our finest writers.

The Sparsholt Affair is published in hardback and ebook now. 

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