Hollinghurst was born on 26 May 1954 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, the only child of James Hollinghurst, a bank manager, and his wife, Elizabeth. He attended Canford School in Dorset.
Hollinghurst read English literature at Magdalen College, Oxford from 1972 to 1979, graduating with a BA in 1975, and a MLitt in 1979. His thesis was on the works of Ronald Firbank, E M Forster and L P Hartley, three gay writers. While at Oxford he shared a house with the poet Andrew Motion, and was awarded the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1974, a year before Motion.
In the late 1970s he became a lecturer at Magdalen College, and then at Somerville College, Oxford and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In 1981 he moved on to lecture at University College London, and in 1982 he joined The Times Literary Supplement, where he was the paper's deputy editor from 1985 to 1990.
Awards and recognition
He won the 2004 Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty. His next novel, The Stranger's Child, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2011.
In 2011 he won the Stonewall Writer of the Year Award for The Stranger's Child.
He was listed as "Lifetime Achievement Award" in the Pink List 2012.
- Isherwood is at Santa Monica (Sycamore Broadsheet 22: two poems, hand-printed on a single folded sheet), Oxford: Sycamore Press 1975
- Confidential xxxx with Boys, Oxford: Sycamore Press 1982 (based on the book Confidential xxxx With Boys by William Lee Howard, MD., 1911, Sydney, Australia)
- The Swimming Pool Library, 1988
- The Folding Star, 1994
- The Spell, 1998
- The Line of Beauty, 2004
- The Stranger's Child, 2011
- The Sparsholt Affair, 2017