William Boyd's Journalism

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William Boyd – Five Books interview. Five books that have helped shape his novels.

After writing 17 novels, numerous screenplays and countless reviews and essays, do you feel as inspired now as you did say 20 or 30 years ago?

Yes, I do actually. Funnily enough I feel in the last three of four years a new surge of energy. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m getting older, but I actually feel I’m working harder than I’ve worked ever before in my life...

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Interview for Le Point magazine. September 2011

The French Academy has just launched a website to warn against the most frequent and « ridiculous » errors in the use of the French language. What do you think of such an initiative? Do you think languages should be protected from impoverishering or evolving?

It’s very difficult to protect languages. You can issue all sorts of edicts and rules but in the end people will speak they way they want to...

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Q & A with William Boyd in the Guardian, February 2007

When were you happiest?

Here and now.

What is your greatest fear?

A lingering death, dementia, senility, loss of motor function, chronic incontinence, etc, etc.

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THE POET’S SLEEP

I am lucky enough to be a sound sleeper, in the main, though, like everyone, when my brain is racing I have my "nuits blanches" from time to time. However, my sound sleep is not uninterrupted.  Two things wake me in the night: recurring dreams and what I can only describe as "London"... 

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A LIFE IN BOOKS

5 books that are most important to me.
The Collected Stories of Anton Chekhov
The greatest short story writer the world has ever seen.  Stories, well over a hundred years old now, that read as if they were written for 2007: dry, absurd, resolutely secular — the most honest clear-eyed look at the strange tragi-comedy of our lives...

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Reading Group Q & A with William Boyd

1. How did the idea of writing Ordinary Thunderstorms come to mind and was there any particular challenge involved?

It’s a complicated answer.  First of all I had the large and vague ambition of writing a novel about London, contemporary London, a city I’ve lived in now for over a quarter of a century.  But how to tackle this vast subject?  I needed a way in, a portal.  And then I read in a newspaper that the London river police remove 50-60 dead bodies a year from the Thames...

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O Globo Magazine Interview

1. You were born in Ghana and lived there and in Nigeria for many years. How did that experience influence your work?

I think it has had a huge effect on my work but I’m reluctant to analyse that effect too closely.  Because I was born in Africa and grew up there I think my imaginative horizons were greatly expanded from an incredibly early age. I am, to put it simply, more interested in “abroad” than “home”, more interested in...

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