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William Boyd

UK (1952 - )

William Boyd was born in Ghana. He was brought up there and in Nigeria. He was educated at the universities of Nice, Glasgow and Oxford. He is the author of seven previous novels and the recipient of many awards including the Whitbread First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award. An Ice-Cream War was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He is married and lives in Chelsea, London.
Non fiction
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1982) : An Ice-Cream War
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction winner (1990) : Brazzaville Beach
Costa Book Awards Best Novel winner (2006) : Restless
The Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year nominee (2007) : Restless

William Boyd recommends
The Outsider
The Outsider (1942)
Albert Camus
"One of those books that marks a reader's life indelibly."
Alma Cogan
Alma Cogan (1991)
Gordon Burn
"An extraordinary, unprecidented novel, audacious, innovative and totally compelling."
The Kindness of Women
The Kindness of Women (1991)
(Empire of the Sun, book 2)
J G Ballard
"The book is full of mesmerising writing, classic examples of the Ballard style, paragraphs and pages that disturb and enthral... A force is operating in this astonishing book which is hard to resist."
Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English (1994)
Ken Saro-Wiwa
" of the great achievements of African Literature."
Falling Away
Falling Away (1996)
Candida Crewe
"A beautiful and impressive feat of imagination."
The Last King of Scotland
The Last King of Scotland (1998)
Giles Foden
"Audacious, shrewd and spirited."
The Memory of All That
The Memory of All That (1999)
Bryan Forbes
"A fascinating novel, utterly compelling and wonderfully authentic."
Days Like These
Days Like These (2001)
Virginia Duigan
"A tremendous novel possessing real charm, a kind of freshness and guilelessness that is very potent - and a toughness and reality that I genuinely applaud."
Amagansett (2004)
Mark Mills
"A striking and assured first thriller...worldly and impeccably researched. "
Something in the Sea
Something in the Sea (2006)
Yves Bonavero
"I was gripped and enthralled."
If Minds Had Toes
If Minds Had Toes (2007)
Lucy Eyre
"A book of tremendous originality: funny, clever, and hugely beguiling."
Typhoon (2008)
Charles Cumming
"Compelling, vivid and disturbing. I read it at a rate of knots. "
Free Agent
Free Agent (2009)
(Paul Dark Trilogy , book 1)
Jeremy Duns
"A wholly engrossing and sophisticated spy novel set against a forgotten corner of 20th century history. Fascinating and compelling."
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (2009)
Geoff Dyer
"A must-read."

The Dogs of Rome (2010)
(Commissario Alec Blume, book 1)
Conor Fitzgerald
"Powerful and hugely compelling."

Collected Stories (2010)
Hanif Kureishi
"No one else casts such a shrewd and gimlet eye on contemporary life."

Who is Tom Ditto? (2014)
Danny Wallace
"Tremendous. Funny, beguiling and stealthily profound."

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