In Youth is Pleasure

In Youth is Pleasure

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/07/2021
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In Youth is Pleasure
My favourite book ever!
This is the ultimate coming of age--and coming out--story. Beloved by Burroughs, Bennet, and John Waters, Welch is a master of the roman a clef, and a quee... READ MORE
Archie at Wells


'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

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241464137
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Weight: 145g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm

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In Youth is Pleasure
A true classic
The book was published in 1945 but takes place before the war. Orvil Pym is a very awkward fifteen-year-old boy. The school has broken up for the summer ho... READ MORE
Susan Hampson