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I’ve recently become a bookshop owner—so I know why Alan Hollinghurst’s novels matter

Among the armfuls of books in my new LGBTQ section, Alan Hollinghurst’s comprised the largest number. And for good reason

By Ian Irvine   December 2017

Alan Hollinghurst, winner of the 50,000 Man Booker Prize 2004, for his book The Line Of Beauty, collects his award at a ceremony at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster, central London.

I recently acquired a second-hand bookshop, and have been rearranging the stock. Last week I decided to create a specialist section: LGBTQ.

Among the armfuls of books, Alan Hollinghurst’s comprised the largest number. This made sense as his works, beginning with The Swimming Pool Library in 1988, have played a major part in bringing gay fiction into the British literary mainstream—not least through the widespread acclaim for…

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