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William Boyd (1) (1952–)

Autor/a de Restless

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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 mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys

Obres de William Boyd

Restless (2006) 2,783 exemplars
Any Human Heart (2002) 2,426 exemplars
Ordinary Thunderstorms (2009) 1,305 exemplars
Brazzaville Beach (1990) 1,300 exemplars
A Good Man in Africa (1981) 1,120 exemplars
Waiting for Sunrise (2012) 1,057 exemplars
An Ice-Cream War (1982) 953 exemplars
Armadillo (1998) 936 exemplars
The Blue Afternoon (1993) 911 exemplars
The New Confessions (1988) 808 exemplars
Sweet Caress (2015) 613 exemplars
Stars and Bars (1984) 604 exemplars
Solo (2013) 560 exemplars
Love Is Blind (2018) 334 exemplars
On the Yankee Station (1981) 291 exemplars
Trio (2021) 280 exemplars
Fascination (2004) 274 exemplars
The Destiny of Nathalie 'X' (1995) 224 exemplars
The Romantic (2022) 215 exemplars
Granta 100 (2007) 180 exemplars
Bamboo : Essays and Criticism (2005) 152 exemplars
The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth (2017) 107 exemplars
Protobiography (1998) 82 exemplars
The Dream Lover: Short Stories (1995) 71 exemplars
The Vanishing Game (2014) 63 exemplars
La chasse au lezard / nouvelles (1990) 29 exemplars
Le destin de Nathalie X (1990) 20 exemplars
Visions fugitives (1997) 18 exemplars
Transfigured Night (1995) 12 exemplars
The Trench [1999 film] (1999) — Director — 11 exemplars
Longing (2013) 10 exemplars
Any Human Heart [2010 TV mini series] (2011) — Screenwriter — 9 exemplars
The Argument (2016) 5 exemplars
Scoop [1987 TV movie] (1987) — writer — 4 exemplars
Lanark 4 exemplars
Bullets Don't Cry (1994) 3 exemplars
My Girl in Skin-Tight Jeans (1991) 2 exemplars
A Good Man in Africa [1994 film] (1994) — Screenwriter — 2 exemplars
Not, Yet, Jayette 1 exemplars
Scoop [play] 1 exemplars
A Waste of Shame [2005 TV movie] — writer — 1 exemplars
Graham Sutherland (1993) 1 exemplars
Lunch [audio play] 1 exemplars
the loss adjuster 1 exemplars
Hantise 1 exemplars
Cork (1994) 1 exemplars
9 French 1 exemplars
1 School 1 exemplars
3 First London 1 exemplars
4 Second World War 1 exemplars
5 Post War 1 exemplars
6 New York 1 exemplars
7 African 1 exemplars
Charlie 1 exemplars
8 Second London 1 exemplars
Boyd William 1 exemplars
2 Oxford 1 exemplars

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Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Col·laborador — 280 exemplars
Granta 87: Jubilee! The 25th Anniversary Issue (2004) — Col·laborador — 201 exemplars
Granta 34: Death of a Harvard Man (1990) — Col·laborador — 159 exemplars
Granta 28: Birthday: The Anniversary Issue (1989) — Col·laborador — 150 exemplars
Granta 48: Africa (1994) — Col·laborador — 143 exemplars
Granta 50: Fifty (1995) — Col·laborador — 117 exemplars
Granta 7: Best of Young British Novelists (1983) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars
A Month and a Day: A Detention Diary (1995) — Introducció — 80 exemplars
Chaplin [1992 film] (1993) — Screenwriter — 78 exemplars
Granta 14: Autobiography (1984) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
Ox-Tales: Water (2009) — Col·laborador — 70 exemplars
Great Poets of the 20th Century: Siegfried Sassoon (2008) — Pròleg — 15 exemplars
Sword of Honour [2001 TV movie] (2001) — Screenwriter — 11 exemplars
Short Stories: The Thoroughly Modern Collection (2008) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars


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BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE NOVEMBER - SPARK & BOYD a 75 Books Challenge for 2015 (desembre 2015)


A very good spy story with, in my opinion, one mistake. Eva says she made a mistake towards the end of the story. That puts a small dent in an excellent story because having read that much, you think right away that she would never have made such a mistake. So I guess the mistake was made by Boyd.
dvoratreis | Hi ha 111 ressenyes més | May 22, 2024 |
This should be made into a television series. The places where the story takes place include a boy's school in England, London, Paris, New York, The Bahamas, Switzerland, the South of France, Biarritz, Nigeria. One episode for each of those. I don't mean to sound dismissive. I quite enjoyed reading the book, even though at the start I thought, hmmm, a teenage boy and his friends at an English boarding school ... I don't think I'm going to like this. But I did like it. And if they make a series out of it, I'll be watching.

This is the third well-written book I've read recently; one of those was really beautifully written -- well-chosen words, wonderfully constructed story. Sometimes you don't notice good writing, you just know that you enjoy reading the book. But when you go from a book like this one to the one I am currently reading, you can appreciate the difference between good and serviceable.
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dvoratreis | Hi ha 95 ressenyes més | May 22, 2024 |
I've read two other books by Boyd that I liked better. This one I think was supposed to be wise, funny, and truthful, at least that's what it says on the cover. But I found it populated with cartoon characters, none of whom I enjoyed spending any time with.
dvoratreis | Hi ha 17 ressenyes més | May 22, 2024 |
This fictional journal of the writer Logan Mountstuart kept me enthralled for the bulk of this bulky novel. I was sorry to see it end. I miss it. When starting with his childhood, I twitched and sighed hoping that we would soon be into Oxford days, but after twenty or thirty pages, I was hooked. Not a fan of roman a clef or historical fiction, here I was enjoying both, in a journal format, particularly the protagonist's encounters with real life figures like Hemingway or Joyce or Picasso or the Duke of Windsor. Settings were seductive, Oxford, Paris , Zurich, Bermuda or New York City. The spy tasks during WWII, the haunting prisoner of war years and aftermath, the art gallery milieu, the publishing business fascinated me. There is a Meiner Badhof interaction toward the end, oddly involving our hero, which didn't seem to fit, but I never faltered in my bulldozing through the book, picking it up at even a hint of insomnia. My favorite quote from his Southern France retirement oasis of which he writes:

The pleasures of my life here are simple – simple, inexpensive and democratic. A warm hill of Marmande tomatoes on a roadside vendor’s stall. A cold beer on a pavement table of the Café de France – Marie Therese inside making me a sandwich au Camembert. Munching the knob off a fresh baguette as I wander back from Saint-Sabine. The farinaceous smell of the white dust raised by a breeze from the driveway. A cuckoo sounding in the perfectly silent woods beyond the meadow. The huge grey, cerise, pink, orange and washed-out blue of a sunset seen from my rear terrace. The drilling of the cicadas at noon – the soft dialling tone of the crickets as dusk slowly gathers. A good book, a hammock and a cold, beaded bottle of blanc sec. A rough red wine and steak frites. The cool, dark, shuttered silence of my bedroom – and as I go to sleep the prospect that all this will be available to me again, unchanged, tomorrow. (p.479)

I need only the hammock and cold, beaded bottle of blanc sec to supplement this good book.
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featherbooks | Hi ha 95 ressenyes més | May 7, 2024 |



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