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Alan Hollinghurst: The Sparsholt Affair

Part of Being A Man

See Man Booker Prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst present his long-awaited sixth novel, The Sparsholt Affair. The book chronicles the intimate lives of a family across three generations, and explores changing attitudes towards gay men from the 1940s to the present.

Hear from the acclaimed novelist as he discusses his latest novel, and reflects candidly on the new-found freedom and openness in the gay scene in recent decades, and what obstacles still need to be overcome.

From his debut novel The Swimming-Pool Library, which broke new ground in its portrayal of a promiscuous gay hero in 1980s London, Alan Hollinghurst has gone on to win numerous awards for his subsequent novels, including Somerset Maugham Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction and the 2004 Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty.

Now five years after his acclaimed novel The Stranger’s Child, comes The Sparsholt Affair, a masterly portrayal of multiple generations, and of friends brought together by a shared love of art, literature and love. Through a richly drawn cast of characters and vivid episodes in different periods of history, told with prodigious wit and tenderness, we witness the changes to tastes, morality and social attitudes and how those shifts redefine gay experiences over half a century.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


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£20, £50

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