Books by William Boyd

William Boyd
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Waiting For Sunrise

Vienna. 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, has his first appointment with the eminent psychiatrist, Dr. Bensimon. In the waiting room he anxiously ponders the nature of his problem when an extraordinary woman enters. She is clearly in distress, but Lysander is immediately drawn to her...

Moving from Vienna to London, the battlefields of France and Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a mesmerising journey into the human psyche, a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe, a plot-twisting thriller and a literary tour de force.

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Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd

Ordinary Thunderstorms

One May evening in London, as a result of a chance encounter and a split-second decision, the young climatologist Adam Kindred loses everything - home, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, money - never to get them back.

With the police and a hit man in merciless pursuit, Adam has no choice but to go underground, joining the ranks of the disappeared. His journey of discovery will take him from Chelsea to the East End. On the way he encounters aristocrats, priests, prostitutes and a policewoman - but will he ever find himself again?

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The Dream Lover by William Boyd

The Dream Lover
Short Stories

Funny, moving and sharply observed, here are twenty-four gripping tales told in bold, distinct voices from Brazil to Africa and from Nice to Hollywood. This eclectic collection is a must-read for any lover of the short story.

Perfect … Suffused with an understanding of love, desire and emotional incompetence  Guardian

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It is 1939. Eva Delectorskaya is a beautiful 28-year-old Russian émigrée living in Paris. As war breaks out she is recruited for the British Secret Service by Lucas Romer, a mysterious Englishman, and under his tutelage she learns to become the perfect spy, to mask her emotions and trust no one, including those she loves most. Since the war, Eva has carefully rebuilt her life as a typically English wife and mother. But once a spy, always a spy. Now she must complete one final assignment, and this time Eva can't do it alone: she needs her daughter's help.

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Bamboo by William Boyd


Throughout his career as a novelist, William Boyd has never stopped writing non-fiction, providing a fascinating counterpoint to the world of his novels. Bamboo gathers together Boyd's writing on literature, art, the movie business, television, people he has met, places he has visited and autobiographical reflections on his African childhood and his years at boarding school. From Pablo Picasso to the allure of the British caff, from Charles Dickens to Catherine Deneuve, from mini-cabs to Brideshead Revisited, this collection proves an engrossing and revealing companion to the work of one of Britain's leading novelists.

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Fascination by William Boyd


Described as "the finest storyteller of his generation", Boyd shows his mastery of the form as these stories range widely through time and space. In a brilliant array of styles and narratives we move from 1930s Germany to Los Angeles in the Second World War, from contemporary Oxford to 19th century Russia. Whether in London or Amsterdam. Eastbourne or a Normandy village these stories explore and expose the fraught, funny, absurd, poignant and lovelorn lives of their many and varied characters.

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Any Human Heart by William Boyd

Any Human Heart

Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, and Logan Mountstuart’s — lived from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century — is a rich tapestry of both. As a writer who finds inspiration in Paris and London, as a spy betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in ’60s New York, Logan mixes with the men and women who shape 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.

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Nat Tate
An American Artist: 1928-1960

Artist Nathwell Tate was born in 1928 in Union Beach, New Jersey. On January 8 1960 he contrived to round up and burn almost his entire output of Abstract Expressionism. Four days later he killed himself. This book offers an account of Tate's life and work which can be seen either as straight art biography or as fiction. It is an investigation of the blurry line between the invented and the authentic, the wholly false and the utterly real.

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Armadillo by William Boyd


One winter's morning, Lorimer Black - young, good-looking, but with a somewhat troubled expression - goes to keep a perfectly routine business appointment and finds a hanged man. A bad start to the day, by any standards, and an ominous portent. Sure enough, Lorimer's life is duly turned upside down and inside out in ways he could never have foreseen.

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The Destiny of Nathalie 'X' by William Boyd

The Destiny of Nathalie 'X'
and Other Stories

Eleven ironic, inventive short stories of love, loss, and ambition include the tale of a widowed Englishwoman and a Portuguese poet who enjoy an annual tryst in 1930s Lisbon.

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The Blue Afternoon

Los Angeles 1936. Kay Fischer, a young, ambitious architect, is shadowed by Salvador Carriscant, an enigmatic stranger claiming to be her father. Within weeks of their first meeting, Kay will join him for an extraordinary journey into the old man's past, initially in search of a murderer, but finally in celebration of a glorious, undying love.

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Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd

Brazzaville Beach

On Brazzaville Beach, on the edge of Africa, Hope Clearwater examines the complex circumstances that brought her there. Sifting the details for evidence of her own innocence or guilt, she tells her engrossing story with a blunt and beguiling honesty that not only intrigues and disturbs but is also completely enthralling.

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The New Confessions by William Boyd

The New Confessions

The New Confessions is the outrageous, extraordinary, hilarious and heartbreaking autobiography of John James Todd, a Scotsman born in 1899 and one of the great self-appointed (and failed) geniuses of the twentieth century.

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School Ties by William Boyd

School Ties

Two plays for television about the vicissitudes of public schools; Good and Bad at Games and Dutch Girls, together with a 20,000 word introduction by the author.

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Stars and Bars by William Boyd

Stars and Bars

All Henderson Dores dreams of is fitting in. But America, land of the loony millionaire and the subway poet, down-home Bible-basher and sharp-suited hood, of paralysing personal frankness and surreally fantasized facilities, is hard enough for an Englishman to fit in to. Henderson could never shed enough inhibitions to become just another weirdo.

Or could he?

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An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd

An Ice-Cream War

As millions are slaughtered on the Western Front, a ridiculous and little-reported campaign is being waged in East Africa - a war they continued after the Armistice because no one told them to stop.

Primarily a gripping story of the men and women swept up by the passions of love and battle, William Boyd's magnificently entertaining novel also elicits the cruel futility and tragedy of it all.

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On The Yankee Station
and Other Stories

Adolescent sex in a Scottish boys' public school, oddballs on the seedy side of America, murder in a quiet Devon cottage are some of the subjects in this collection of short stories. It also includes two early adventures from the career of Morgan Leafy, anti-hero of A Good Man in Africa.

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On The Yankee Station by William Boyd
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A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd

A Good Man in Africa

Morgan Leafy isn't overburdened with worldly success. But then, as a representative of Her Britannic Majesty in tropical Kinjanja, it was not very constructive of him to get involved in wholesale bribery. Nor was it oiling his way up the ladder to hunt down the  boss's daughter when officially banned from horizontal delights by a nasty dose ...

Falling back on his deep-laid reserves of misanthropy and guile, Morgan has to fight off the sea of humiliation, betrayal and ju-ju that threatens to wash over him.

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The first play by bestselling author William Boyd, Longing adapts two of Anton Chekhov's short stories to weave a comic tale, at once exotic and familiar.

When Kolia is invited to visit his oldest friends on their Estate in the country he anticipates a pleasant break from Moscow life. But as the comedy of provincial life plays out around him, he finds himself adrift in a miasma of false expectations, missed opportunities, and unspoken passions.

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1969. A veteran secret agent. A single mission. A licence to kill. James Bond returns.

Combining all the glamour and excitement of Ian Fleming’s original novels with the masterful storytelling of William Boyd, Solo is a stylish, period novel featuring 007 as a veteran agent at 45.

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Sweet Caress

Amory’s first memory is of her father standing on his head.  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...

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