The Stranger’s Child is the fifth novel by Alan Hollinghurst, first published in June 2011. The book tells the story of a minor poet, Cecil Valance, who is killed in the First World War. In 1913, he visits a Cambridge friend, George Sawle, at the latter’s home in Stanmore, Middlesex. While there Valance writes a poem entitled “Two Acres”, about the Sawles’ house and addressed, ambiguously, either to George himself or to George’s younger sister, Daphne. The poem goes on to become famous and the novel follows the changing reputation of Valance and his poetry in the following decades.