Exploring Queer themes within a variety of literature

February 2017: The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst  

Published 1995

Chosen by James,

"We've not had one of his books since November 2014 and so I'd like to propose another by a writer who- in my view- is one of the finest prose stylists working in English. The reviews when it was published were ambivalent- particularly around the sub-plot of the painter, Orst and the Nazis. However, it's been a favourite of mine since I first read it some 20 years ago, and sums up the plangency of the feverish unrequited love/lust that can hit us and cave our hearts in.

"I find the atmosphere of brooding melancholy lit by raging passions remarkably moving every time I re-read this. The first reading of it, I related to the 'pudging, bespectacled Edward Manners' rather painfully. It was so similar to where I was at the time."