Alan Hollinghurst is an English novelist who likes to explore private, secret lives. His characters are often gay men — sometimes living in an earlier era, when they wouldn't use the word "gay" to describe themselves. Hollinghurst, who won the Man Booker Prize in 2004 for The Line Of Beauty , has written a new novel called The Sparsholt Affair . It begins in Oxford in 1940, when a bunch of college friends spot a handsome young man through a window. He is David Sparsholt, and he's headed off to fight in World War II. Over the five sections of the novel, the narrative jumps forward decades in time, eventually bringing us to London in 2012. Along the way we watch British society change, and we watch characters age and raise families. But there's a lot...
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Author Alan Hollinghurst On Secret Affairs, Narrative Gaps And Writing Gay Sex