Alan Hollinghurst

Literary Birthday – 26 May – Alan Hollinghurst

Happy Birthday, Alan Hollinghurst, born 26 May 1954.


  1. The great wisdom for writers, perhaps for everybody, is to come to understand to be at one with their own tempo.
  2. I like things to reverberate, to be suggestive.
  3. I think being an only child created in me a degree of self-reliance, which I’m glad of. It made me perfectly happy with my own company and perhaps was good conditioning for the protracted solitude of writing books as slowly as I do.

Source for quotes

Alan Hollinghurst’s Top Writing Tips

  1. Know where you’re going before you start.
  2. Don’t waste time but take your time.
  3. Keep a notebook at all times.
  4. Read. Read. Read.
  5. Don’t be disheartened by early criticism.
  6. If possible, have an inescapable writing routine.
  7. Don’t over define your characters. Let the reader imagine them.

Tips From the Writers Write interview

Alan Hollinghurst is an award-winning English author. He won the 2004 Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty. His novel, The Stranger’s Child, was long listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2011.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 26th May 2013