01/04/2012 06:15 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Christopher Hitchens: The Queer Life Of The Famed Journalist

Over the holidays, I read gay British novelist Alan Hollinghurst's fine new novel, "The Stranger's Child." The winner of Britain's most prestigious literary award, the Booker Prize, for his 2004 novel "The Line of Beauty," Hollinghurst is incapable of writing prose that is less than first-rate and often quite beautiful, although I've liked some of his novels better than others. But "The Stranger's Child" is without question the finest he's yet written.

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