The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst

A literary sensation and bestseller both in England and America, The Swimming-Pool Library is an enthralling, darkly erotic novel of homosexuality before the scourge of AIDS; an elegy, possessed of chilling clarity, for ways of life that can no longer be lived with impunity. "Impeccably composed and meticulously particular in its observation of everything" (Harpers & Queen), it focuses on the friendship of two men: William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, an old Africa hand, searching for someone to write his biography and inherit his traditions.

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The 635th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 43rd on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  2. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Swimming-Pool Library (Sound Library) Audio CD 10994713 $8.75 2006
The Swimming-Pool Library Paperback 513427 $6.90 $0.01 1989
The Swimming-Pool Library (Vintage International) Kindle Edition 470243 2011
The Swimming-pool Library Paperback 6729585 $12.95 $0.01
The Swimming-Pool Library Hardcover 1391197 $66.93 $0.01 1988
The Swimming-Pool Library Audio CD 3405857 $6.94 $52.97 2014
The Swimming Pool Library Paperback 6350633 $5.91 $9.18 2015