In Youth Is Pleasure


In this coming-of-age novel, painfully sensitive and sad Orvill Pym is 15 and has just spent his first miserable year at public school. Here, he recounts his summer holiday.

ISBN: 9780241464137 Author: Welch, Denton Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 1st July 2021 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.912 (edition:23) Pages: 160 Language: English Edition: Reprint Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

‘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

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