by Alan Hollinghurst - £8.99 Vintage (Vintage Classics) (2015)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781784870317 | ISBN 10: 1784870315
Young, gay, William Beckwith spends his time, and his trust fund, idly cruising London for erotic encounters. When he saves the life of an elderly man in a public convenience an unlikely job opportunity presents itself. The man is Lord Nantwich, a gay peer of the realm and in the market for a biographer. Reluctantly accepting the commission, Will receives the first of Nantwich’s diaries. But in the story he unravels, a tragedy of early twentieth century gay repression, lurk bitter truths about Will’s own privileged existence.
"Deserves first prize in every category... superbly written, wildly funny"
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