Tough at the top for Alan Hollinghurst

The acclaimed gay writer Hollinghurst’s latest novel is a luxurious read - but with great success comes great difficulty

5th November, 2017
Alan Hollinghurst: ‘Winning the Booker made a gigantic difference to me’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

Alan Hollinghurst has a confession to make.

The British novelist grips his hand around his china cup in the salubrious surrounds of the Merrion hotel in Dublin (so salubrious, in fact, that a harpist is playing softly in the background), and sighs. The truth, Hollinghurst says, is that he doesn’t find writing easy anymore.

“I find writing more and more difficult,” Hollinghurst admits, defeat colouring his features. “I find each book harder than...

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