Alan Hollinghurst Interview for [EDIT] Magazine, Volume 4
In Conversation with Britain's Greatest Living Novelist
James Mullinger Meets Alan Hollinghurst
It has become something of a tradition for me to meet with my favourite author every half a decade when he releases a new book. The last time Alan Hollinghurst and I saw each other was in photographer David Bailey’s West London studio in 2011, where we were doing an interview and photo shoot for his fifth novel, The Stranger’s Child. Bailey was on typical rambunctious form, regaling us with foul-mouthed and gloriously indiscreet anecdotes about the Krays and The Rolling Stones. Hollinghurst and I had first met six years prior to that at the Royal Opera House for the 2004 GQ Men of the Year Awards, where he won Writer of the Year for his modern masterpiece The Line of Beauty. His fourth novel, it impeccably captures the very essence of the eighties with the story of a social climber who ensconces himself in the Notting Hill family home of a Conservative MP. Cocaine makes an appearance or two, as does Thatcher. The novel won The Man Booker Prize, the biggest award in international publishing, and rightly so.
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