By Alan Hollinghurst
THE nationwide BESTSELLER, WINNER OF THE 2004 guy BOOKER PRIZE FOR FICTION, AND nationwide publication CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST
Winner of 2004's guy Booker Prize for fiction and essentially the most said books of the yr, The Line of attractiveness is a sweeping novel approximately category, intercourse, and funds that brings Thatcher's London alive.
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