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Winning with words in the U.K.

Openly gay British author Alan Hollinghurst has not only made a name for himself in the literary world but now has set an important precedent for other gay novelists and their stories about gay fives. Hollinghurst's widely acclaimed Thee Line of Beauty, a tale of a young gay man dazzled by drugs, power, and money in Margaret Thatcher-era London, on October 19 became the first gay themed novel to win the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary award--the Man Booker Prize.

"It's very amazing to me that the long, solitary process of writing a novel should lead to a moment like this," the 50-year-old Hollinghurst said in accepting the award at a ceremony in London. The award came with a check for $90,000.

The book, Hollinghurst's fourth, tells the story of Nick Guest, a gay 20-year-old Oxford graduate who explores a world of cocaine, gay cruising, and the self-confidence of wealth, and is set against a background of social problems, including AIDS.
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Title Annotation:Literature
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 23, 2004
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