Injured at Dunkirk, Laurie Odell, a young corporal, is recovering at a rural veterans' hospital.
There he meets Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as an orderly, and the men find solace in their covert friendship.
Then Ralph Lanyon appears, a mentor from Laurie's schooldays.
Through him, Laurie is drawn into a tight-knit circle of gay men for whom liaisons are fleeting and he is forced to choose between the ideals of a perfect friendship and the pleasures of experience. First published in 1953, The Charioteer is a a tender, intelligent coming-of-age novel and a bold, unapologetic portrayal of homosexuality that stands with Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar and James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room as a landmark work in gay literature.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 07/11/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781844089505