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John

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  • The Swimming Pool Library

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

    Aoife says: "Beautifully Written and Read"
    "Hollinghurst's first and among the best."
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    If you could sum up The Swimming Pool Library in three words, what would they be?

    great period piece


    What did you like best about this story?

    Listening to it twenty years after reading it made me realize how much I had changed. It's a great description of upper class British life. Hollinghurst's lush writing is in full bloom.


    What does Samuel West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sam West's narration makes this an good example of listening surpassing reading. His Lord Nantwich is spot on. It's Hollinghurst's ear for British language that provides such great material. Sam brings the fellow to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Gay England in the late 20th century.


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