Defined by John Banville «a master storyteller», Alan Hollinghurst attended the Magdalen College in Oxford. He worked for the weekly Times Literary Supplement from 1982 till 1995. His highly acclaimed first novel The Swimming Pool Library (1988) is a clear account of London gay life at the beginning of the 1980s telling the story of a young aristocratic, William Beckwith, and of his involvement with the old Mr Nantwich whose life he will save. The following novel, Folding Star (1994) was short listed for the Booker Prize and won the James Tait Black commemorative Prize. The main character develops an obsessive passion for one of his pupils, a 17-year-old Flemish boy, in a story that many critics have likened to Mann's Death in Venice. Spell (1998), is a gay comedy intertwining the complex relations among a forty-something architect, Robin Woodfield, his alcoholic lover, Justin, and Justin's ex lover, shy civil servant Alex, who falls in love with Danny, Robin's son. Action takes place between the English countryside and London where Danny introduces Alex to ecstasy and cruising. His novel The Line of Beauty (2004), was awarded the 2004 Booker Prize was adapted for BBC Television by Andrew Davies in 2006.
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