In Youth Is Pleasure – Denton Welch
‘Unlike any other person I had come across, Welch seemed to be speaking particularly to me’ Alan Bennett
‘Vivid … surprising … an exquisite balance of pain and beauty’ Guardian
Orvil Pym does not fit in. A waifish, eccentric, sensitive fifteen-year-old, he hates school and longs to be alone. Spending his Summer holidays in a genteel Surrey hotel with his mysterious father and two brothers who don’t understand him, he explores ancient churches, spies on a man rowing in the river and collects antiques, escaping into his own singular aesthetic world. First published in 1945, this is an unforgettable portrayal of a young man’s sensuous coming-of-age.
‘A heightened, sensual journey … it is Orvil’s vibrant energy that allows this book to bubble … beautifully odd … spectacular’ Independent
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