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.
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