In Youth is Pleasure


by Welch, Denton | Fiction
Published 01/07/2021 by Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 192 pages

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‘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