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William Boyd (1) (1952–)

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William Boyd is a writer who was born in Ghana on March 7, 1952. He was educated at Gordonstoun school; and then the University of Nice, France, the University of Glasgow, and finally Jesus College, Oxford. Between 1980 and 1983 he was a lecturer in English at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and it was visa mer while he was there that his first novel, A Good Man in Africa (1981), was published. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005. Boyd was selected in 1983 as one of the 20 "Best of Young British Novelists" in a promotion run by Granta magazine and the Book Marketing Council. His novels include: A Good Man in Africa, for which he won the Whitbread Book award and Somerset Maugham Award in 1981; An Ice-Cream War, which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was nominated for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1982; Brazzaville Beach, published in 1991, and Any Human Heart, which was long-listed for the Booker Prize in 2002. Restless, the tale of a young woman who discovers that her mother had been recruited as a spy during World War II, was published in 2006 and won the Novel Award in the 2006 Costa Book Awards. Boyd published Waiting for Sunrise: A Novel in early 2012. In 2015 his title, Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Clay, Amory made the new Zealand Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

Verk av William Boyd

Restless (2006) 2,746 exemplar
Any Human Heart (2002) 2,369 exemplar
Ordinary Thunderstorms (2009) 1,279 exemplar
Brazzaville Beach : [roman] (1990) 1,277 exemplar
En hygglig karl i Afrika (1981) 1,103 exemplar
Waiting for Sunrise (2012) 1,017 exemplar
Glasskriget : [roman] (1982) 931 exemplar
Armadillo (1998) 922 exemplar
Nya bekännelser : roman (1988) 800 exemplar
Tavlor i Södern : [roman] (1984) 592 exemplar
Sweet Caress (2015) 586 exemplar
Love Is Blind (2018) 322 exemplar
On the Yankee Station (1981) 286 exemplar
Fascination (2004) 270 exemplar
Trio (2021) 262 exemplar
The Destiny of Nathalie 'X' (1995) 220 exemplar
Granta 100 (2007) 178 exemplar
The Romantic (2022) 176 exemplar
Bamboo : Essays and Criticism (2005) 148 exemplar
The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth (2017) 101 exemplar
Protobiography (1998) 79 exemplar
The Dream Lover: Short Stories (1995) 67 exemplar
The Vanishing Game (2014) 61 exemplar
Le destin de Nathalie X (1990) 19 exemplar
Visions fugitives (1997) 17 exemplar
Transfigured Night (1995) 12 exemplar
The Trench [1999 film] (1999) — Regissör — 10 exemplar
Longing (2013) 10 exemplar
Any Human Heart [2010 TV mini series] (2011) — Screenwriter — 9 exemplar
The Argument (2016) 4 exemplar
Scoop [1987 TV movie] (1987) — writer — 4 exemplar
Lanark 4 exemplar
A Good Man in Africa [1994 film] (1994) — Screenwriter — 3 exemplar
Bullets Don't Cry (1994) 3 exemplar
My Girl in Skin-Tight Jeans (1991) 2 exemplar
9 French 1 exemplar
Scoop [play] 1 exemplar
A Waste of Shame [2005 TV movie] — writer — 1 exemplar
Graham Sutherland (1993) 1 exemplar
Lunch [audio play] 1 exemplar
the loss adjuster 1 exemplar
Hantise 1 exemplar
Cork (1994) 1 exemplar
The Dream Lover (1995) — Författare — 1 exemplar
1 School 1 exemplar
2 Oxford 1 exemplar
4 Second World War 1 exemplar
5 Post War 1 exemplar
6 New York 1 exemplar
Charlie 1 exemplar
7 African 1 exemplar
Boyd William 1 exemplar
8 Second London 1 exemplar
Not, Yet, Jayette 1 exemplar
3 First London 1 exemplar

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BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE NOVEMBER - SPARK & BOYD i 75 Books Challenge for 2015 (december 2015)


A well named novel from a popular and very talented author. This tracks the life story of a provincial Irishman making his way through a 19th century world and the social moors and difficulties of that age. A common thread throughout the whole of the book is a very Tepid approach to emotional relationships. Indeed, it is towards the end of the understands that this emotional disconnect may well have been the guiding factor with regards to the difficulties in his life. This is all doom and gloom though and he’s various romances as well as his deep friendships with People around him, really does justify his title as the romantic. Well worth reading and will stay with the reader long after it is finished.… (mer)
aadyer | 9 andra recensioner | Nov 24, 2023 |
Great fun, rollicking journey through a man's life and the twists and turns he puts himself through, by virtue of stubborness and the demands of his heart and conscience. Echoes of Barry Lyndon and Patrick O'Brien. Very occasionally some annoying anachronisms: an army physician laments a regiment plagued by "the pox, herpes, syphilis, pubic lice and crabs". Two of these are synonyms of the other two, and herpes wasn't recognised as an STI until 60 years later. BUT this is rank carping, and I read the entire thing in one sitting during a long international flight.… (mer)
adzebill | 9 andra recensioner | Nov 14, 2023 |
Retracing the life of Cashel from growing up in Ireland to school in England, war veteran and business entrepreneur in Europe, America and Africa, the novel spins a web of romance with an Italian countess, then marriage to an American with post partum depression, and various business liaisons in the 19th century. A page turner from cover to cover.
stornelli | 9 andra recensioner | Oct 2, 2023 |
This long and interesting saga might have been more appropriately titled anything but “The Romantic”. OK, I am about to be the one who calls out all the mucking about, half truths and fantasies that comprise the life of the fictional character Boyd creates and fully embraces in this story. Don’t get the wrong impression - I liked the book, I just admit to not understanding many of the forays into whatever and wherever.

Boyd has created the fictional character of Cashel Grenville Ross, ands tries to fit his story into documented facts, reliving his life through travels, travails, neuroses and the capacity to love and leave and leave and leave while he continued to convince himself that if he had stayed everything might have worked out. He is aware of his pattern of “always moving on, leaving people he loved behind. But he hadn’t discarded them, he insisted to himself.” We are all entitled to our delusions.

The book is long, but then Cashel Grenville Ross has many anecdotes and situations to relate. Many experiences to share. Many ways he has been wronged and set upon that require explantation. Marching with his drum in the battle at Waterloo, being in the Employ of the East India Company with his bought commission, rubbing elbows with the literary geniuses of Shelley and Byron while moving from Milan, Pisa, Florence, Ravenna, exploring the origin of The Nile, farming ice and hops in Massachusetts, and never forget the time when he unwittingly consorted with antiquity robbers in Trieste - always loving and leaving along the way. In his eighty years he has lived so large, explaining that he always “did what he did because it was what he felt he had to do - right or wrong”. As the story fades, he contemplates the irony of unrequited love, “pleased with the conceit, the conception, the symbolism” of Paolo and Francesca in Dante’s poem - lovers unavailable to each other, never to be reunited.

Thanks to Alfred A. Knopf and NetGalley for a copy of this outstanding literary fiction.
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kimkimkim | 9 andra recensioner | Oct 1, 2023 |



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