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Alan Hollinghurst

Last year's Booker prize winner does not want to be a spokesman for his generation. He reveals his favourite novel and not much more

By Stella Tillyard   November 2005

Alan Hollinghurst’s first novel, The Swimming-Pool Library, begins on the Central line and ends in the subterranean showers of an underground swimming pool.

His latest, The Line of Beauty, last year’s Booker prize-winner, starts on a hot summer day and ends with its protagonist and London bathed in “the light of the moment.” From the underground to the bright lights; Hollinghurst’s career has followed the same path. Although the main protagonists of all his novels have been young gay men, he has moved from a debut widely regarded as the best book about gay life written by an English writer…

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