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A literary sensation and bestseller in both England and America, "The Swimming-Pool Library" is an enthralling, darkly erotic novel of gay life before the scourge of AIDS; an elegy, possessed of chilling clarity, for ways of life that can no longer be lived with total impunity. Impeccably composed and meticulously particular in its observation of everything ("Harpers & Queen"), it focuses on the friendship of two men: William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, an old Africa hand, searching for someone to write his biography and inherit his traditions.
About the Author
Alan Hollinghurst was born in 1954. He is the author of one of the most highly praised first novels to appear in the 1980s, The Swimming-Pool Library (1988), and was selected as one of the Best Young British Novelists 1993. His second novel, The Folding Star, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize. He has since written The Spell and The Line of Beauty, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2004. He was on the staff of the Times Literary Supplement from 1982 to 1995.
Samuel West s theater work includes "ENRON", "Hamlet" for the RSC, and starring opposite his father Timothy in "A Number". His TV credits include "Cambridge Spies", "Any Human Heart", "Eternal Law", and "Mr. Selfridge", and he has narrated many TV documentaries. Among his films are "Hyde Park on Hudson", "Van Helsing", "Iris", "Persuasion", and "Howards End". He has also directed ten plays and two operas.