The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst

In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge friend Cecil Valance, a charismatic young poet, to visit his family home. Filled with intimacies and confusions, the weekend will link the families for ever, having the most lasting impact on George’s sixteen-year-old sister Daphne.

As the decades pass, Daphne and those around her endure startling changes in fortune and circumstance, reputations rise and fall, secrets are revealed and hidden and the events of that long-ago summer become part of a legendary story, told and interpreted in different ways by successive generations.

Powerful, absorbing and richly comic, The Stranger’s Child is a masterly exploration of English culture, taste and attitudes over a century of change.


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“7 members read / partially read this book. 6 thought it well written, interesting, challenging but overall unenamoured. 1 member loved it!”

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  1. Reviewed by Better Book Club
    “Turgid, overlong and a poor shadow of Brideshead Revisited. Not enjoyed by the majority of the group. The structure was confusing and there was no storyline. A slow and tiresome book. Only one didn’t dislike it”
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