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The First Chapter Series ® (Booker Prize) is a contribution by authors of the first chapter of their prize winning novels in support of children living with HIV/AIDS

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First Chapter Series ® Volume VII

Alan Hollinghurst - The Line of Beauty

Artwork by Gilbert & George

Volume VII of the Booker Prize First Chapter Series© showcases the opening chapter of Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty, winner of the 2004 Booker Prize. This novel has received huge acclaim worldwide for its portrayal of Thatcher's London through the eyes of a naďve young Oxford graduate.

"A winning novel that is exciting, brilliantly written and gets deep under the skin of the Thatcherite 80s. The search for love, sex and beauty is rarely this exquisitely done."

This volume combines explores the physical and political landscape of 1980s' London through the eyes of some of the most talented artists working today. Both art and text explore themes of class war, youth, and the quest for beauty, pleasure and identity. Brought together, these highly individual works reveal thought-provoking contrasts and unexpected sympathies - a startling candour, an uncompromising humour and a shared, deeply tragic, subtext.

Each numbered book is individually signed by the author and features a signed and numbered print by globally renowned artists, Turner Prize winning duo Gilbert & George, whose work recently formed the subject of the major exhibition at the Tate.


Volume VII in the First Chapter Series® is published as follows:

150 individually numbered hand bound copies signed and dated by Alan Hollinghurst, accompanied by a signed print of Death after Life by Gilbert & George. Presented in a matching hand made slip case and cassette.

The First Chapter Series

The First Chapter Series® of Booker Prize-winning novels is available to buy as a deluxe set limited to 150 copies. The set comprises individually numbered copies of all ten volumes, signed by the author to the title page and hand bound in cloth. Each volume includes signed artwork* enclosed with the book in a matching hand made slip case and cassette. View set

*Please note the following exceptions: Volumes V and X do not come with separate signed artwork; artwork for Volume VIII is unsigned.

Deluxe set of ten books: ₤1500

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Single deluxe volume

Each deluxe volume of the First Chapter Series contains the individually numbered book signed by the author and hand bound in cloth. This is presented together with signed artwork in a matching hand made slip case and cassette.

Price: ₤225

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Death after Life

30 large (c.100 x 40cm) numbered prints of Gilbert & George's vivid work 'Death after Life' are also available to purchase separately. Specially produced to accompany this edition, these are ideal for framing. Each is signed by Gilbert & George.
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Price: ₤395

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Shared Vision

This extraordinary collaboration is also available to purchase as a single volume as Volume II of our SHARED VISION series, which focuses on collaborations between high profile artists and authors.
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About the artists

Gilbert & George first met while studying sculpture in St Martins School of Art in London. Since then, their prolific output of highly original and striking art has earned them the Turner Prize and huge international acclaim. The duo refer to themselves as 'living sculptures' and their best known works - their vivid large-scale photo-montages - often feature the artists themselves, as well as a diverse range of images inspired by their daily London environment.
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Deluxe Set

Set of ten FCS Booker prize books

Order your complete deluxe set of the current Booker Prize First Chapter Series
Set of ten books: ₤1500

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Deluxe Volume

Order a single copy of Volume VII - Deluxe
Price: ₤225
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Death after Life

Order large print for ₤395
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Interested in purchasing The Line of Beauty as a single volume? Check out our 'Shared Vision' edition here.

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Adrian Harrington Rare Books - 64a Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 4DB