ALAN HOLLINGHURST, British novelist and poet, born; Hollinghurst won the 2004 Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty. His poetry collections include Isherwood is at Santa Monica from the Oxford: Sycamore Press and Confidential Chats with Boys, Oxford: Sycamore Press 1982. He was the The Times Literary Supplement’s deputy editor from 1982 to 1995. In 1989, he won the Somerset Maugham Award for The Swimming Pool Library. In 1994, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction with The Folding Star.

Hollinghurst is gay and lives in London with his partner Paul Mendez. Hollinghurst previously described: “I’m not at all easy to live with. I wish I could integrate writing into ordinary social life, but I don’t seem to be able to. I could when I started [writing]. I suppose I had more energy then. Now I have to isolate myself for long periods.”

He won the 2004 Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty. His next novel, The Stranger’s Child, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2011.