The Swimming-Pool Library - Alan Hollinghurst

The Swimming-Pool Library

By Alan Hollinghurst

  • Release Date: 1989-09-19
  • Genre: Gay
Score: 3.5
From 15 Ratings


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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • Erotic and intriguing

    By Yavin4_76
    Hollinghurst's debut novel and a beautiful read. Set in early 80s London it delves into the never ending sexual appetite of gay protagonist Will and his relationship and revelations with Lord Nantwich who he befriends by a near tragic accident. Loved the gritty realism and poetic visions Hollinghurst paints of this period London. The city I know well comes to life with every line of text. And also offers something I didn't know both about the city, its history and gay community. Twists and turns delight and much intrigue developed of the locations of both the Swimming Pool Library and Nantwich's forgotten London Street in his cellar. A story of its time that will bring recognition to gay readers and enjoyment and drama for all who read this exquisite and engaging work. Marc Checkley