The Swimming Pool Library

  • by Alan Hollinghurst
  • Narrated by Samuel West
  • 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.


What the Critics Say

"West has a lot of fun with the waspishly clever dialogue, and, provided you ensure it's not overheard by listeners of delicate sensibilities, this is terrific to listen to." (Karen Robertson, The Sunday Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Gay lit. of the highest order

Alan Hollinghurst cleverly structures his story to provide a representation of homosexual lives over several generations. Older gay men reading this novel will recognise the signs of the changing times and, I hope, rejoice at the emergence of freedoms so abundantly enjoyed by the likes of the narrator.

I do not agree with the previous reviewer that the sex scenes are done in "the best possible taste". They are described realistically and honestly in the way that such scenes rarely are, be the fiction gay or straight. No adult should be shocked by the acts, but rather by the honesty.

Samuel West's reading is sympathetic and absorbing, though a little lacking in characterisation for a first-person narrative.
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- common reader

Wonderful voice acting

Absolutely perfect voicing for Hollinghurst. Please do more! This book captures a beautiful part of the human condition flawlessly. I didn't want it to end.
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- Lucy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-09-2006
  • Publisher: Audible Studios