I recently finished The Line of Beauty which I really enjoyed. It follows the story of a young, gay Oxford graduate finding his way in London through the 1980s. The novel doesn’t follow the usual plot of many coming-of-age stories and addresses many of the issues still rife in the world today such as race, homosexuality, addiction, politics, and privilege, set to the backdrop of the AIDS crisis. Despite the dark undertones, the book is highly emotionally charged and startlingly comic leading to it being awarded the Booker Prize in 2004. As an LGBTQ Oxford grad, there were many themes I found familiar and thought-provoking and would really recommend this book to anyone interested in this area of literature.