Mary Renault

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The Charioteer

book | Fiction | 1953
UK & Comm → Virago Modern Classics
US → Open Road Integrated Media
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

The Charioteer remains compelling both as a snapshot of a particular - and particularly fascinating - cultural moment, and as a deeply romantic story of love fulfilled against the odds. It has all those qualities that make Mary Renault so memorable as a novelist: craft, subtlety, intelligence, and a terrific natural sympathy with the intricacies of honour and desire.

Sarah Waters

An explosive and courageous book.

Simon Russell Beale

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

Daily Express

A stunningly good book.

Antonia Senior, The Times

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

Daily Telegraph

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