In Youth is Pleasure by Denton Welch

In Youth is Pleasure by Denton Welch


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.




'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

'A heightened, sensual journey ... it is Orvil's vibrant energy that allows this book to bubble ... beautifully odd ... spectacular' - Independent

  • Details

    Imprint: Penguin Classics

    Publication Date: 1 July 2021

    ISBN: 9780241464137

    Pages: 192

    Format: Paperback

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