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
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1 July 2021