Select language, opens an overlay
The Line of Beauty

The Line of Beauty

eBook - 2008
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Winner of the Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the NBCC award A New York Times Bestseller (Extended) An LA Times Bestseller A Northern California Bestseller A Sunday Times Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book of the Year From Alan Hollinghurst, the acclaimed author of The Sparsholt Affair, The Line of Beauty is a sweeping novel about class, sex, and money during four extraordinary years of change and tragedy. In the summer of 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: conservative Member of Parliament Gerald, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their two children, Toby-whom Nick had idolized at Oxford-and Catherine, who is highly critical of her family's assumptions and ambitions.As the boom years of the eighties unfold, Nick, an innocent in the world of politics and money, finds his life altered by the rising fortunes of this glamorous family. His two vividly contrasting love affairs, one with a young black man who works as a clerk and one with a Lebanese millionaire, dramatize the dangers and rewards of his own private pursuit of beauty, a pursuit as compelling to Nick as the desire for power and riches among his friends. Richly textured, emotionally charged, disarmingly comic, this is a major work by one of our finest writers.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2008.
ISBN: 9781596918085
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jan 05, 2019

Best book with a gay subtext. read it twice and loved it

Jul 03, 2016

This novel is totally deserving of the Booker prize though not for the faint of heart - not for the "gay fiction" label, but rather for its dense, rich and detailed narrative. Hollinghurst is a brilliant writer hands down. This is one of the best most engaging novels I have read in a long time. Hard going at times but the pay off is worth it.

Nov 06, 2013

This is probably one of the best books I have ever read.

johnami Nov 27, 2012

It is unfortunate that this superior work will be categorized by many as a “gay novel” because it will reduce the number of readers who will enjoy the remarkable literary talent of the author, Alan Hollinghurst. Mr. Hollinghurst is a skilled writer with an excellent vocabulary, a joiner’s sense of syntax, and a writing style that is clear and readable.

I am also very much impressed by his ability to conceive a novel, to imagine the characters and their activities so accurately that the story falls in to place with total believability. His analysis and development of characters is always accurate and he creates dialog that is completely appropriate for the characters.

The Line of Beauty is about the people who inhabit its pages during a specific period of time. The only action is what they think and do. Yet this simple premise develops into a dynamic story thanks to the many skills of the author.

Feb 01, 2012

No wonder this novel won the Booker in 2004! Fabulous, elegant, can't say enough about the style and content.

May 31, 2011

Beautifully written and great insight into British high society and gay life

Bearrington May 30, 2011

A good story overall. However, I personally felt this book was roughly 100-200 pages too long. Without the filler I would have been VERY happy with this book.

Jan 06, 2008

Book club.


Add a Summary
Aug 11, 2011

Great Book. Interesting insight into gay romance and high society.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Nick Guest's homosexuality and class status divide him from the problematic aristocratic Fedden Family who are heavily involved in politics.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Jul 30, 2010

MDRoy thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top