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    • ISBN:9781405526135
    • Publication date:07 Nov 2013
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The Charioteer

A Virago Modern Classic

By Mary Renault

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First published in 1953, The Charioteer is 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.

'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

First published in 1953, The Charioteer is 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.


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.

'Emotionally intelligent, beautifully written and deeply moving, it transcends categorisations' Telegraph

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  • ISBN: 9781844089505
  • Publication date: 07 Nov 2013
  • Page count: 432
  • Imprint: Virago
Emotionally intelligent, beautifully written and deeply moving, it transcends categorisations — Peter Parker, Daily Telegraph
A stunningly good book — Antonia Senior, The Times
A tender coming-of-age love story from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century — Daily Express
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