Alan Hollinghurst On The Books That Have Shaped His Life

Highlights from the Booker Prize-winning author's talk at Esquire Townhouse

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Author Alan Hollinghurst sat down at Esquire Townhouse to talk with Editor-in-Chief Alex Bilmes about the 10 books that shaped his life.

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Hollinghurst began his career in 1988 with a groundbreaking debut, The Swimming Pool Library, and has since written five celebrated novels, winning the Man Booker Prize with The Line of Beauty in 2004.

His new novel, The Sparsholt Affair, tells the deeply moving story of closeted gay lives over the past century in Britain.

Here are the highlights from a fascinating hour with a true literary great:

The 10 books that shaped Alan Hollinghurst's life:

1. Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves, P. G. Wodehouse

2. The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

3. Fifteen Poets, Chaucer to Arnold (OUP anthology)

4. What Maisie Knew, Henry James,

5. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf

6. Put Out More Flags, Evelyn Waugh

7. A Boy's Own Story, Edmund White

8. Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald

9. Runaway, Alice Munro

10. All That Man Is, David Szalay

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst is out now, published by Picador.