The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs – seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the heart of the book, a 24-year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery.

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface; the impulsive decisions that irrevocably shape a life; and the endless hesitations and loss-of-nerve that wickedly complicate it. These funny, surprising and moving stories are a resounding confirmation of Boyd’s powers as one of our most original and compelling storytellers.

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‘Boyd shows why he’s so often compared to Graham Greene…. brilliant and bewitching collection of stories’ Financial Times

‘Smart, funny and compelling’ The Sunday Times – Books of the Year

‘Clever and cinematic’  The Observer

‘A skilled and humorous storyteller’ I

‘Compelling and highly entertaining. One of Britain’s finest living writer’ Sunday Express

‘Spiky, sparkling and simply brilliant’ Sunday Mirror

‘One of Britain’s most brilliant and versatile authors’  Mail on Sunday

‘No one charts the highs and lows of the human condition like Boyd’ Red

‘One of Britain’s most compelling authors… funny and surprising’ Elle

‘A riveting collection of short stories from one of the best’ Woman and Home

‘You are confronted by the full force of Boyd’s undeniable talent for story-telling’ Stylist

‘A varied, entertaining collection’ Daily Mail

‘Boyd has always been eloquent, his narratives memorably stylish’ Literary Review

‘Boyd delights in themes of deceit and getting one over the competition’ Evening Standard

‘An always-elegant realist whose characters will get under your skin’ GQ

‘Quite brilliant’ Tablet

‘Terrific’ Herald

‘An impressive variety of settings and protagonists’ Daily Telegraph