William Boyd is the author of sixteen novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Literary Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet; and Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year, the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year and a Richard & Judy selection. William Boyd’s new novel TRIO is to be published on 8th October 2020.
William Boyd’s Zoom call (10 February 2021) with the Battersea Power Station Book Club. Sting drops in as one of the guests.
RESTLESS has been chosen as one of four novels for the Duchess of Cornwall’s new Instagram-based reading group, I’m delighted to report. This is the hardback cover of the 2006 first edition, published by Bloomsbury. RESTLESS was my 10th novel and followed ANY HUMAN HEART (2002). I had done a lot of research into WW2 espionage for Any Human Heart and had stumbled across the extraordinary and pretty much unknown account of British espionage in the USA before Pearl Harbor. British agents, instructed by Churchill, tried to manipulate US media to encourage the States to join the war in Europe. They were very ingenious and very successful. Sometimes you get lucky as a novelist! This was a gift from the literary gods. And this the background against which the story of the young British spy, Eva Delectorskya, plays out. Restless features on @duchessofcornwallsreadingroom for two weeks from February 12.
A Good Man in Africa, first edition hardback. Published 40 years ago this week in January 1981. Still in print in the UK, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Spain.
This is a photo of me taken 40 years ago in 1981 (yeah, I know, tempus fugit…) I was 28. 40 years ago in this week of January 1981 my first novel A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA was published by Hamish Hamilton. This photograph was taken by the late, great JERRY BAUER (1934-2010). It was the first official publicity photo designed to accompany my debut novel. Jerry became a friend and took jacket/publicity photos of me for decades. The last one was on RESTLESS (2005). Jerry made photographing writers his unique speciality. Over the years he photographed everybody: Samuel Beckett, Muriel Spark, Alberto Moravia, Simone de Beauvoir etc etc. His amazing archive can be accessed via Jerry.firstname.lastname@example.org. HINT — someone should produce a book of them….
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William Boyd on the ‘My Wardrobe Malfunction With Susannah Constantine’ Podcast
William Boyd talks to Francine Stock about his new novel Trio and life in the sixties.
I am on the wonderful podcast with the amazing Fi Glover and the amazing Jane Garvey.
(My interview starts at around 21 minutes)
My Trio talk with Francine Stock 2.30pm Saturday 28th November. Not to be missed!!!
Here is the trailer for my six-part Cold War spy-thriller, Spy City. Starring Dominic Cooper as a British spy in Berlin during the summer of 1961. The summer before the Wall went up. Coming to a TV near you soon.
Trio review from the Sunday Times.
‘Trio is about double lives. Three characters are central to it: Talbot Kydd, a middle-aged film producer; Elfrida Wing, a novelist with writer’s block; and Anny Viklund, a glamorous young actress. What brings them together is the making of a film in Brighton in high summer 1968.
The late 1960s have been enjoying something of a literary vogue this year: vibrantly chronicled in Craig Brown’s Beatles biography, One Two Three Four; gaudily resurrected in David Mitchell’s novel Utopia Avenue. Trio’s return to the period has a triple motive: to let the sunshine in again on its psychedelic euphoria, to highlight its political hinterland, and to spotlight gay liberation after the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.’
William Boyd interviewed by Tamsin Greig talking about his 16th novel Trio.
William Boyd’s new novel, Trio is out now.
This exhilarating and tender novel set in the summer of 1968 asks: what makes life worth living? And what do you do if you find it isn’t?
Britain's greatest living novelist ... Boyd has probably written more truly classic books than any of his contemporaries ... There's a rare, graceful permanence to Boyd's work.
A worthy heir to Waugh and Amis ... Boyd seems singularly blessed with both an innate love of storytelling and the talent to render those stories in swift, confident prose.
To read a William Boyd novel is to open a bottle of wine, light a fire, sit back in your favorite armchair and trust that the master practitioner will take you on an intriguing and unpredictable journey.
Boyd deals with heavy themes with the lightest touch. We’re lucky to have him writing for us