Alan Hollinghurst was born in Gloucestershire, England in 1954, and was educated at Canford School, Dorset and Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a lecturer at three Oxford colleges and at University College, London, before joining The Times Literary Supplement where he worked from 1982 to 1995, serving as Deputy Editor from 1985 to 1990.
His five published novels include The Swimming Pool Library (1988), The Folding Star (1994), The Spell (1998), The Line of Beauty (2004) and The Stranger's Child (2011). Confidential Chats with Boys (1982) is a poetry pamphlet. His poem Mud (1982) was published in the London Review of Books. He has written two short stories, A Thieving Boy (1983) and Highlights (2007). His most recent translation is the play Bérénice by Jean Racine.
He has won several major literary awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award in 1989, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1994, and the Man Booker Prize in 2004 for The Line of Beauty.
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