“The Swimming-Pool Library” was a classic example of so-called gay fiction going mainstream. It was a huge success at the time, as was the subsequent “The Line of Beauty”, which deservedly won the Booker Prize.

In Alan Hollinghurst’s latest, “The Sparsholt Affair,” the handsome David Sparsholt befriends a group of contemporaries as they embark on their first term at Oxford in 1940. With bombs falling all over London, barely fifty miles away, at the height of The Blitz, these vulnerable young men form lasting allegiances, two of which have unexpected, lifelong repercussions.

Evocative fiction from a seasoned hand.


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