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William Boyd - Author

About the Author

William Boyd is the author of eleven novels including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet and adapted into a Channel 4 drama; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year, the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year and a Richard & Judy selection; Ordinary Thunderstorms and, most recently, the Sunday Times bestseller, Waiting for Sunrise. William Boyd lives in London and France.

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Featured books by William Boyd

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

Author: William Boyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs - seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the heart of the book, a 24-year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery.

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Sweet Caress The Many Lives of Amory Clay

Sweet Caress The Many Lives of Amory Clay

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Amory Clay's first memory is of her father doing a handstand - but it is his absences that she chiefly remembers. Her Uncle Greville, a photographer, gives her both the affection she needs and a camera, which unleashes a passion that irrevocably shapes her future. She begins an apprenticeship with him in London, photographing socialites for magazines. But Amory is hungry for more and her search for life, love and artistic expression will take her to the demi-monde of 1920s Berlin, New York in the 1930s, the Blackshirt riots in London, and France during the Second World War, where she becomes one of the first women war photographers. 

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Sweet Caress The Many Lives of Amory Clay

Sweet Caress The Many Lives of Amory Clay

Author: William Boyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2015

Amory's first memory is of her father doing a handstand. She has memories of him returning on leave during the First World War. But his absences, both actual and emotional, are what she chiefly remembers. It is her photographer uncle Greville who supplies the emotional bond she needs, and, when he gives her a camera and some rudimentary lessons in photography, unleashes a passion that will irrevocably shape her future. A spell at boarding school ends abruptly and Amory begins an apprenticeship with Greville in London, living in his flat in Kensington, earning two pounds a week photographing socialites for fashionable magazines. But Amory is hungry for more and her search for life, love and artistic expression will take her to the demi monde of Berlin of the late 1920s, to New York of the 1930s, to the Blackshirt riots in London and to France in the Second World War where she becomes one of the first women war photographers. Her desire for experience will lead Amory to further wars, to lovers, husbands and children as she continues to pursue her dreams and battle her demons.

Solo A James Bond Novel

Solo A James Bond Novel

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

This is the Sunday Times Bestseller. It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge. A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M's orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice. Bond's renegade action leads him to Washington, D.C., where he discovers a web of intrigue and witnesses fresh horrors. Even if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.

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Solo A James Bond Novel

Solo A James Bond Novel

Author: William Boyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M’s orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice. Bond’s renegade action leads him to Washington, D.C., where he discovers a web of geopolitical intrigue and witnesses fresh horrors.Even if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.

Waiting for Sunrise

Waiting for Sunrise

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/2013

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Vienna, 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, sits in the waiting room of the city's preeminent psychiatrist as he anxiously ponders the particularly intimate nature of his neurosis. When the enigmatic, intensely beautiful Hettie Bull walks in, Lysander is immediately drawn to her, unaware of how destructive the consequences of their subsequent affair will be. One year later, home in London, Lysander finds himself entangled in the dangerous web of wartime intelligence - a world of sex, scandal and spies that is slowly, steadily, permeating every corner of his life...

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Any Human Heart

Any Human Heart

Author: William Boyd Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/08/2011

Logan Mountstuart's live spans from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century. As a writer Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness.  This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.

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Other books by William Boyd

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

Author: William Boyd Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/04/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth written and read by William Boyd. A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs - seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the heart of the book, a 24-year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery. The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface; the impulsive decisions that irrevocably shape a life; and the endless hesitations and loss-of-nerve that wickedly complicate it. These funny, surprising and moving stories are a resounding confirmation of Boyd's powers as one of our most original and compelling storytellers.

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

Author: William Boyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs - seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the heart of the book, a 24-year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery.

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Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

Author: William Boyd Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth written and read by William Boyd. A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs - seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the heart of the book, a 24-year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery. The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface; the impulsive decisions that irrevocably shape a life; and the endless hesitations and loss-of-nerve that wickedly complicate it. These funny, surprising and moving stories are a resounding confirmation of Boyds powers as one of our most original and compelling storytellers.

Physiology and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid

Physiology and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/08/2017

Any Human Heart

Any Human Heart

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Any Human Heart is William's Boyd's classic, bestselling novel, now available as a Penguin Essential for the first time. Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, but Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century - contains more than its fair share of both. As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in '60s New York, Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness. Here, then, is the story of a life lived to the full - and a journey deep into a very human heart. Any Human Heart will be enjoyed by readers of Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby and Hilary Mantel, as well as lovers of the finest British and historical fiction around the world. It was recently adapted for a major Channel 4 four-part drama series scripted by William Boyd and starring Kim Cattrall, Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent and Tom Hollander. This edition features beautiful cover artwork from the television series. 'Astonishing, touching, extremely funny. A brilliant evocation of a past era and an immensely readable story' Sunday Telegraph 'Superb, wonderful, enjoyable' Guardian 'A terrific journey through the twentieth century. Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable' Jeremy Paxman

God Help This World Christian Poems

God Help This World Christian Poems

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2017

Sweet Caress

Sweet Caress

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

THE TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Amory Clay's first memory is of her father doing a handstand - but it is his absences that she chiefly remembers. Her Uncle Greville, a photographer, gives her both the affection she needs and a camera, which unleashes a passion that irrevocably shapes her future. She begins an apprenticeship with him in London, photographing socialites for magazines. But Amory is hungry for more and her search for life, love and artistic expression will take her to the demi-monde of 1920s Berlin, New York in the 1930s, the Blackshirt riots in London, and France during the Second World War, where she becomes one of the first women war photographers. In this enthralling story of a life fully lived, William Boyd has created a sweeping panorama of the twentieth century, told through the camera lens of one unforgettable woman.

Sweet Caress The Many Lives of Amory Clay

Sweet Caress The Many Lives of Amory Clay

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Amory Clay's first memory is of her father doing a handstand - but it is his absences that she chiefly remembers. Her Uncle Greville, a photographer, gives her both the affection she needs and a camera, which unleashes a passion that irrevocably shapes her future. She begins an apprenticeship with him in London, photographing socialites for magazines. But Amory is hungry for more and her search for life, love and artistic expression will take her to the demi-monde of 1920s Berlin, New York in the 1930s, the Blackshirt riots in London, and France during the Second World War, where she becomes one of the first women war photographers. 

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The Argument

The Argument

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2016

That's why we shout and scream at each other. Clears the air. A kind of truth begins to emerge. We see clearer. Pip and Meredith have had a bust-up. It was only about their opinion of a film, but it's led to more significant differences coming to light. Pip has been having an affair for the past three months with a young colleague at work. Meredith's slate doesn't seem to be entirely clean either. As their families and friends become embroiled in Pip and Meredith's separation, past prejudices, harsh judgements and painful truths come to light. The arguments that ensue go beyond just being about Pip and Meredith, and what they should do about their marriage. In nine taut scenes, William Boyd explores what it is to argue with those we love - and those we should love. He looks at our propensity to judge others and our power to hurt. Alongside this, he shows how it can sometimes be the superficial problems in a relationship that keep it going. Both bleak and funny in its tone, The Argument offers a Strindberg-like take on human dynamics and received its world premiere at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in March 2016.

Die Fotografin

Die Fotografin

Author: William Boyd Format: eBook Release Date: 23/01/2016

Ein Klick, die Blende schliet - der Startschuss zu einem neuen Leben. Mit sieben halt Amory Clay ihre erste Kamera in Handen, eine Kodak Brownie Nummer 2, und mit ihr sind alle Weichen gestellt. Amory Clay, Fotografin, Reisende, Kriegsberichterstatterin. Statt als Gesellschaftsfotografin in London zu reussieren, lasst Amory alles Vertraute hinter sich und beginnt 1931 ein Leben voller Unwagbarkeiten in Berlin. Ein Berlin der Nachtclubs, des Jazz, der Extravaganz und Freizugigkeit - und der ersten Anzeichen von Bedrohung und Willkur. Amory Clay, eine Frau, die ihrer Zeit weit voraus ist, die unerschrocken ihren Weg geht, ihre Lieben lebt, ihre Geschicke selbst in die Hand nimmt. Tief fhlt sich William Boyd in sie ein und versteht es glnzend, Fiktion und Geschichte miteinander zu verschrnken: das ausschweifende Berlin der frhen dreiiger Jahre, New York, wo sie den Mann trifft, der alles verndert, das Paris der Besatzungszeit. Nach "e;Ruhelos"e; hat Boyd erneut eine unvergessliche Heldin geschaffen, eine verwegene, verblffend moderne Frau, einen Knstlerroman, der das Portrt einer ganzen Epoche zeichnet.

The Slain Wood Papermaking and Its Environmental Consequences in the American South

The Slain Wood Papermaking and Its Environmental Consequences in the American South

Author: William Boyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/2015

When the paper industry moved into the South in the 1930s, it confronted a region in the midst of an economic and environmental crisis. Entrenched poverty, stunted labor markets, vast stretches of cutover lands, and severe soil erosion prevailed across the southern states. By the middle of the twentieth century, however, pine trees had become the region's number one cash crop, and the South dominated national and international production of pulp and paper based on the intensive cultivation of timber. In The Slain Wood, William Boyd chronicles the dramatic growth of the pulp and paper industry in the American South during the twentieth century and the social and environmental changes that accompanied it. Drawing on extensive interviews and historical research, he tells the fascinating story of one of the region's most important but understudied industries. The Slain Wood reveals how a thoroughly industrialized forest was created out of a degraded landscape, uncovers the ways in which firms tapped into informal labor markets and existing inequalities of race and class to fashion a system for delivering wood to the mills, investigates the challenges of managing large papermaking complexes, and details the ways in which mill managers and unions discriminated against black workers. It also shows how the industry's massive pollution loads significantly disrupted local environments and communities, leading to a long struggle to regulate and control that pollution.

Physiology and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid

Physiology and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid

Author: William Boyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2015

Bambus

Bambus

Author: William Boyd Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2014

Fur seine Romane ist William Boyd bekannt. Was kaum einer wei, ist, dass der britische Schriftsteller auch passionierter Autor nicht-fiktionaler Texte ist. Film- und Theaterkritik schrieb er schon im College, lange bevor der erste Roman erschien. Seither hat das feuilletonistische Schreiben seinen festen Platz in Boyds Schaffen. So versammelt "e;Bambus"e; einen einzigartigen Fundus bislang unverffentlichter Texte, autobiographische Essays, Notizen zum Schreiben, Kunst- und Literaturkritik. Man erhlt intimem Einblick in die Werkstatt des Drehbuchschreibers - 14 Skripts hat Boyd geschrieben, fnf seiner Romane wurden verfilmt - und stt auf so eindrckliche Portrts wie die von Anton Tschechow, Woody Allen, Charlie Chaplin, Ian Fleming oder den Wright-Brdern. Eine Reise im berchtigten Londoner Minicab offenbart endgltig, dass Abenteuer mit William Boyd nicht allein in seinen Romanen zu bestehen sind.

Nat Tate 1928-1960

Nat Tate 1928-1960

Author: William Boyd Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2014

Nathwell Tate, un gran y desventurado pintor abstracto, se arrojo a las aguas neoyorquinas en enero de 1960. Nunca se encontro su cadaver y a duras penas se hallarian dieciocho briznas de su trabajo, pues el mismo se habia encargado de destruirlo poco antes de morir. Muchos anos despues, David Bowie, Gore Vidal, William Boyd y John Richardson convocaron una fiesta de homenaje en el loft de Jeff Koons. Alli se leyeron fragmentos de este libro a la elite cultural de Manhattan, la cual, segun las cronicas, recordaba vagamente al malogrado artista, aprecio el formidable merito de sus obras residuales y se sintio muy impresionada por su tragico destino. Pero quin fue Nat Tate? Esta prfida biografa desvela este borroso enigma. Porque el lector acaba contemplando un misterio que est fuera del libro o, dicho de otro modo, que est delante de sus narices.

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