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The Woman Behind The Gay Novel of The Year

Hanya Yanagihara narrowly missed out on the Man Booker Prize for her epic second novel A Little Life. Still, her story of an abused man who finds solace in a same-sex relationship continues to break hearts around the world and has a lot of life left in it yet.
PHOTOGRAPHY: LEON CSERNOHLAVEK

Like most authors, Hanya Yanagihara is fairly unassuming. Looking at her, you’d never guess that she was the mind behind the titanic novel A Little Life – one of the year’s great literary triumphs. Yet this 41-year-old Hawaiian native turned it around in just eighteen months. It’s particularly impressive as she managed it around her full-time day job as Editor at Large for Conde Nast Traveller. “Having a day job is terrible for me in a lot of ways, but it does help because it really helps you compartmentalise your life, and use your time effectively,” she claims.

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The Red Issue of Attitude marks World AIDS Day on 1st December, and one of the world’s most successful gay actors Zachary Quinto appears on the cover, with an exclusive interview and shoot. Inside we have an 18 page look at the chemsex problem which has emerged in London’s gay community, and we interview YouTuber Tyler Oakley, legendary broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, pop breakout star Fleur East and author Hanya Yanagihara. Also with the download, you’ll get Attitude’s special Screamers, a 58 page supplement devoted to the horror films and TV shows we know and love.
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