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The Charioteer

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1953
Injured at Dunkirk, Laurie Odell, a young corporal, is recovering at a rural veterans' hospital. There he meets Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as an orderly, and the men find solace in their covert friendship. Then Ralph Lanyon appears, a mentor from Laurie's schooldays. Through him, Laurie is drawn into a tight-knit circle of gay men for whom liaisons are fleeting and he is forced to choose between the ideals of a perfect friendship and the pleasures of experience.

First published in 1953, The Charioteer is a a tender, intelligent coming-of-age novel and a bold, unapologetic portrayal of homosexuality that stands with Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar and James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room as a landmark work in gay literature.
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Reviews


Emotionally intelligent, beautifully written and deeply moving, it transcends categorisations.

Peter Parker
Daily Telegraph


A tender coming-of-age love story from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

The Daily Express


A stunningly good book.

Antonia Senior
The Times

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