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The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth by William Boyd
  

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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.

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Synopsis

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth 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.

Reviews

He has probably written more classic books than any of his contemporaries Daily Telegraph

Boyd is a brilliant novelist Observer

William Boyd is a gifted chronicler of lives both enigmatic and artistic Mail on Sunday

One of Britain's best and best-loved storytellers Sunday Express

Boyd deals with heavy themes with the lightest touch. We're lucky to have him writing for us -- John Sutherland The Times

Boyd is a gifted and intelligent story-teller -- Amanda Craig Independent on Sunday

Boyd is as good as ever at capturing time and place, and at blurring the line between fact and fiction. A highly enjoyable read Daily Telegraph on 'Sweet Caress'

About the Author

William Boyd

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.

Photograph © Jerry Bauer

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd November 2017

Author

William Boyd

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Author's Website

www.williamboyd.co.uk/
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Publisher

Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories

ISBN

9780241295878

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