Our man in Antibes

I am in Antibes and I’m a bit lost as the GPS on my phone keeps packing up. Furthermore, there is something of a fracas on the street I’m heading down. A red pompier truck has parked itself squarely in the roadway, blue lights flashing, traffic is backed up and people are stepping out of […]

Virtual Vienna

I AM IN VIENNA. Or, rather, I should be in Vienna. Put it this way, I would like to be in Vienna, right now, on the Austrian leg of a mini book tour – Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich, Munich – for the reissue in Germany of my novel Die blaue Stunde (The Blue Afternoon). But force […]

What war was like

If poetry was the literary form of the First World War, it was fiction that best expressed the reality of the Second. My next-door neighbour for many years, Colonel Peter Peyman, was a veteran of Dunkirk. As a young subaltern he’d fought in the rearguard and had been lucky to be evacuated. After his death […]

Street-haunting in Tokyo

I AM IN JAPAN, in Tokyo to be precise: looking out of my hotel bedroom window, from the thirty-sixth floor of a huge tower, at this vast modern city stretching out to the horizon and beyond. I’ve been to Tokyo before but, up high, this near-bird’s-eye view is destabilizing and denaturing. Not that there’s much […]

Past Masters

A recent donation to Oxford’s Bodleian Library showcases 100 of the best pictures by British photographers in the 20th and 21st centuries. The writer William Boyd asks how, in an age of selfies, we we are able to judge which images should endure. Back in the summer of 1982, I was living and working in […]

5 Minute Philosopher is a weekly series in which Stylist gets profound with people we love. What will TV presenters Ant & Dec make of our existential questions?

Read the full article on the Stylist website Q: What book do you recommend most to others? Ant: William Boyd, Any Human Heart. It’s a wonderful story of a man’s life; the ups, the downs, the loves, the losses. Dec: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse by Charlie Mackesy. It’s a beautiful book of philosophy. Get […]

Ant McPartlin masks his identity in planning application with the name of a boozy love cheat from his favourite novel as telly host looks to extend his garage at south-west London mansion

Read the full article on the Daily Mail website • Ant McPartlin has made planning application to extend garage at London home • Changed his name in documents set to Merton Council to Logan Mountstuart • Name is used by fictitious British writer in 2002 novel Any Human Heart by William Boyd