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 Alan Hollinghurst, who won the Mann Booker Prize in 2004 for his novel “The Line of Beauty,” will be at the Free Library of Philadelphia March 27 to discuss his latest book, “The Sparsholt Affair.”

The title makes the new tome sound like a spy novel, and it is in the sense that it opens with four Oxford upperclassmen in the 1940s spying through a window at David Sparsholt, a handsome freshman doing exercises in a “gleaming singlet.” Soon, three of the men meet Sparsholt. One befriends him, one sketches him naked, and one has designs to sleep with him.

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