• The Sparsholt Affair

  • By: Alan Hollinghurst
  • Narrated by: David Dawson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-05-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In October 1940, the handsome young David Sparsholt arrives in Oxford. A keen athlete and oarsman, he at first seems unaware of the effect he has on others - particularly on the lonely and romantic Evert Dax, son of a celebrated novelist and destined to become a writer himself. While the Blitz rages in London, Oxford exists at a strange remove: an ephemeral, uncertain place in which nightly blackouts conceal secret liaisons. Over the course of one momentous term, David and Evert forge an unlikely friendship that will colour their lives for decades to come....
Alan Hollinghurst's masterly new novel evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations. It explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, The Sparsholt Affair is an unmissable achievement from one of our finest writers.
©2017 Alan Hollinghurst (P)2017 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Tamas Lorincz on 03-05-18

Good - not extraordinary

A very reliably good story with some wonderful characters, cleverness of plot, carried along by the beauty of the English language. Beautifully crafted, heart breaking story that leaves you with that familiar Hollinghurst-iesq sense of loss, emptiness, desperate love, quest for beauty, and the ultimate frustration of having lost the battle with time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By holly bird on 10-20-17

Life among the gay arty literati .

Winds and wends its way through lives. At times deliciously entertaining, at times not. Became a little bored with the people though, and after a while wasn't that curious to find out what was going to happen to anyone of them.



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5 out of 5 stars
By B_R on 05-22-18

Artful subtlety

Reading Alan Hollinghurst is like gazing at a painting for hours and constantly discovering new things in it. He has the ability to capture subtlety and gesture and nuance like no other writer. imho. In this book, things as simple as a glance between two people is given time and space to develop, so as a reader you can see the story playing out like a movie behind your eyes. From The Saprsholt Affair I have discovered listening to a Hollinghurst is more effective than reading one in order to glean these nuances and artful subtlety.

This is not a plot heavy drama but rather a book of passion and simplicity. I enjoyed all the characters and felt invested in their lives and loves. I did not need an extravagant plot to enjoy it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By maree on 03-10-18

Great story, wonderful performance

So loved this book. Interesting story- wonderful attention to detail and nuance.
Fantastic listening to the performer who brought the writing alive.

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