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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

Ten Bedtime Poems

Ten Bedtime Poems

Author: William Boyd Format: Pamphlet Release Date: 30/11/2019

Emile of Jean Jacques Rousseau Selections, no.10

Emile of Jean Jacques Rousseau Selections, no.10

Author: William Boyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2019

In the 200 years since its publication in 1762, Rousseau's Emile has been the subject of endless controversy. The work was ordered burned in Paris and Geneva within weeks of its appearance; yet it was read passionately throughout Europe. Goethe called it 'the teacher's gospel,' while Kant maintained that no book had ever moved him so deeply. . . . Within this context it is well, perhaps to note a judgment Professor Boyd himself rendered a half-century ago at the beginning of a long and distinguished career in the field of education. 'I believe . . . that the Emile with all its faults is the most profound modern discussion of the fundamentals of education, the only modern work of the kind worthy to be put alongside the Republic of Plato.' . . . I know of no better definition of a classic. - From the Foreword by Lawrence A. Cremin

Love is Blind

Love is Blind

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

'Boyd on form is the ultimate in immersive fiction, and Love is Blind is Boyd at the top of his game . . . magnificent' Sunday Times 'A finely judged performance: a deft and resonant alchemy of fact and fiction, of literary myth and imagination' Guardian Book of the Week This is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie's love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the nineteenth century becomes the twentieth. Love is Blind is a tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavour and the illusions it creates; of all the possibilities that life can offer, and how cruelly they can be snatched away. At once an intimate portrait of one man's life and an expansive exploration of the beginning of the twentieth century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain's best loved storytellers. 'Boyd is back on a form few of his contemporaries can match. This fine, touching and clever book is the best thing he's written since [Any Human Heart] and deserves similar adulation' Observer 'Boyd's talents as a rollicking storytelling [are] full on display in this historical blockbuster' Metro

Physiology and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid

Physiology and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2018

Physiology and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid

Physiology and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid

Author: William Boyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2018

Physiology and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid

Physiology and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid

Author: William Boyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/2018

Physiology and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid

Physiology and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2018

Love is Blind

Love is Blind

Author: William Boyd Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Love is Blind by William Boyd. Love is Blind is William Boyds sweeping, heart-stopping new novel - set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodies love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the 19th century becomes the 20th. Love is Blind is a tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavour and the illusions it creates; of all the possibilities that life can offer, and how cruelly they can be snatched away. At once an intimate portrait of one mans life and an expansive exploration of the beginning of the 20th century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britains best loved storytellers.

Love is Blind

Love is Blind

Author: William Boyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2018

'Boyd on form is the ultimate in immersive fiction, and Love is Blind is Boyd at the top of his game . . . magnificent' Sunday Times 'A finely judged performance: a deft and resonant alchemy of fact and fiction, of literary myth and imagination' Guardian Book of the Week This is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie's love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the nineteenth century becomes the twentieth. Love is Blind is a tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavour and the illusions it creates; of all the possibilities that life can offer, and how cruelly they can be snatched away. At once an intimate portrait of one man's life and an expansive exploration of the beginning of the twentieth century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain's best loved storytellers. 'Boyd is back on a form few of his contemporaries can match. This fine, touching and clever book is the best thing he's written since [Any Human Heart] and deserves similar adulation' Obsever 'Boyd's talents as a rollicking storytelling [are] full on display in this historical blockbuster' Metro 'The book begins and continues at a cracking pace - or perhaps a cinematic stride - with scenes, scenarios, set-pieces and minor characters aplenty, all of which and all of whom might easily detain another writer for an entire book . . . He makes it look easy: he's a pro' New Statesman

Love is Blind

Love is Blind

Author: William Boyd Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 20/09/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Love is Blind by William Boyd. Love is Blind is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel - set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie's love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the 19th century becomes the 20th. Love is Blind is a tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavour and the illusions it creates; of all the possibilities that life can offer, and how cruelly they can be snatched away. At once an intimate portrait of one man's life and an expansive exploration of the beginning of the 20th century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain's best loved storytellers.

All die Wege, die wir nicht gegangen sind

All die Wege, die wir nicht gegangen sind

Author: William Boyd Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2018

Bethany Mellmoth hat sich ein groes Ziel gesetzt. Sie will Schriftstellerin werden. Oder vielleicht doch Fotografin?Oder Schauspielerin? So schnell sie einen Plan fasst, so schnell ist er wieder pass Irgendetwas kommt eben immer dazwischen. Und auch in der Liebe hat Bethany kein glckliches Hndchen. An Verehrern ist kein Mangel, nur taugt leider keiner von ihnen. Und als wre das alles nicht genug, muss Bethany sich auch noch mit den Liebeswirren ihrer Eltern befassen. So stolpert sie durch ihr Leben in London - von Job zu Job, von Mann zu Mann, von Pleite zu Pleite - und lsst doch nie den Kopf hngen: "e;Dinge gehen eben schief."e;Schwungvoll und mit leichter Hand zeichnet William Boyd das Bild einer jungen Frau, der viele Tren offenstehen, die aber trotzdem stndig mit dem Kopf gegen die Wand rennt, und er erzhlt von all den kleinen Entscheidungen und Zufllen, die unser Leben formen - ob wir wollen oder nicht.

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

Author: William Boyd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

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.

Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast

Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast

Author: William Boyd, S. Max Edelson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2018

One of the unique features of the Georgia coast today is its thorough conservation. At first glance, it seems to be a place where nature reigns. But another distinctive feature of the coast is its deep and diverse human history. Indeed, few places that seem so natural hide so much human history. In Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture, editors Paul S. Sutter and Paul M. Pressly have brought together work from leading historians as well as environmental writers and activists that explores how nature and culture have coexisted and interacted across five millennia of human history along the Georgia coast, as well as how those interactions have shaped the coast as we know it today. The essays in this volume examine how successive communities of Native Americans, Spanish missionaries, British imperialists and settlers, planters, enslaved Africans, lumbermen, pulp and paper industrialists, vacationing northerners, Gullah-Geechee, nature writers, environmental activists, and many others developed distinctive relationships with the environment and produced well-defined coastal landscapes. Together these histories suggest that contemporary efforts to preserve and protect the Georgia coast must be as respectful of the rich and multifaceted history of the coast as they are of natural landscapes, many of them restored, that now define so much of the region.

Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast

Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast

Author: William Boyd, S. Max Edelson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2018

One of the unique features of the Georgia coast today is its thorough conservation. At first glance, it seems to be a place where nature reigns. But another distinctive feature of the coast is its deep and diverse human history. Indeed, few places that seem so natural hide so much human history. In Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture, editors Paul S. Sutter and Paul M. Pressly have brought together work from leading historians as well as environmental writers and activists that explores how nature and culture have coexisted and interacted across five millennia of human history along the Georgia coast, as well as how those interactions have shaped the coast as we know it today. The essays in this volume examine how successive communities of Native Americans, Spanish missionaries, British imperialists and settlers, planters, enslaved Africans, lumbermen, pulp and paper industrialists, vacationing northerners, Gullah-Geechee, nature writers, environmental activists, and many others developed distinctive relationships with the environment and produced well-defined coastal landscapes. Together these histories suggest that contemporary efforts to preserve and protect the Georgia coast must be as respectful of the rich and multifaceted history of the coast as they are of natural landscapes, many of them restored, that now define so much of the region.

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