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The Stranger's Child

Alan Hollinghurst

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty: a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations. In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate-a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance-to his family's modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. But what Cecil writes in Daphne's autograph album will change their and their families' lives forever: a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried-until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them. Rich with Hollinghurst's signature gifts-haunting sensuality, delicious wit and exquisite lyricism-The Stranger's Child is a tour de force: a masterly novel about the lingering power of desire, how the heart creates its own history, and how legends are made.

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty: a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations. In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate-a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance-to his family's modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. But what Cecil writes in Daphne's autograph album will change their and their families' lives forever: a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried-until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them. Rich with Hollinghurst's signature gifts-haunting sensuality, delicious wit and exquisite lyricism-The Stranger's Child is a tour de force: a masterly novel about the lingering power of desire, how the heart creates its own history, and how legends are made.
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From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty: a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations. In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate-a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance-to his family's modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. But what Cecil writes in Daphne's autograph album will change their and their families' lives forever: a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried-until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them. Rich with Hollinghurst's signature gifts-haunting sensuality, delicious wit and exquisite lyricism-The Stranger's Child is a tour de force: a masterly novel about the lingering power of desire, how the heart creates its own history, and how legends are made.

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Daniel Wilson

Length:

19h 56m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:48


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:04


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:34


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:26


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:03


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:44


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:04


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:11


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:35


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:28


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:54


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:09


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:02


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:05


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:25


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:57


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:29


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:50


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

09:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:40


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:04


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:48


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:40


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:52


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:50


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:32


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:36


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:23


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:11


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:24


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:27


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:58


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:07


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:38


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:29


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:42


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:35


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:07


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:18


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:57


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:10


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:18


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:11


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:18


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:53


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:27


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:04


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:55


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

09:59


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:04


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:14


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

09:48


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:47


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:27


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:25


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:40


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:50


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:51


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:52


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

09:57


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

09:50


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:02


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:07


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:45


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:20


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:29


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:30


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:25


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:04


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:24


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:30


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

09:01


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:25


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

09:14


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:26


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

09:06


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:35


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:21


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:53


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:31


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:55


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:14


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:09


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

09:00


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:21


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:02


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

09:40


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:04


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

08:00


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:06


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

08:02


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:09


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

09:32


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:56


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

07:38


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:59


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:02


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:02


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:39


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:51


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:15


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:06


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:47


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:22


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

06:56


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

09:47


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:35


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

08:02


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

06:00


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

08:02


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

07:44


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:38


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:55


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

07:55


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:16


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:49


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:42


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

07:24


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:50


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

07:39


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

08:55


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

00:31