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William Boyd (1) (1952–)

Autor(a) de Restless

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About the Author

William Boyd is a writer who was born in Ghana on March 7, 1952. He was educated at Gordonstoun school; and then the University of Nice, France, the University of Glasgow, and finally Jesus College, Oxford. Between 1980 and 1983 he was a lecturer in English at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and it was mostrar mais while he was there that his first novel, A Good Man in Africa (1981), was published. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005. Boyd was selected in 1983 as one of the 20 "Best of Young British Novelists" in a promotion run by Granta magazine and the Book Marketing Council. His novels include: A Good Man in Africa, for which he won the Whitbread Book award and Somerset Maugham Award in 1981; An Ice-Cream War, which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was nominated for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1982; Brazzaville Beach, published in 1991, and Any Human Heart, which was long-listed for the Booker Prize in 2002. Restless, the tale of a young woman who discovers that her mother had been recruited as a spy during World War II, was published in 2006 and won the Novel Award in the 2006 Costa Book Awards. Boyd published Waiting for Sunrise: A Novel in early 2012. In 2015 his title, Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Clay, Amory made the new Zealand Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por William Boyd

Restless (2006) 2,761 exemplares
Any Human Heart (2002) 2,404 exemplares
Brazzaville Beach (1990) 1,291 exemplares
Ordinary Thunderstorms (2009) 1,286 exemplares
A Good Man in Africa (1981) 1,112 exemplares
Waiting for Sunrise (2012) 1,035 exemplares
An Ice-Cream War (1982) 943 exemplares
Armadillo (1998) 928 exemplares
The Blue Afternoon (1993) 902 exemplares
The New Confessions (1988) 803 exemplares
Sweet Caress (2015) 597 exemplares
Stars and Bars (1984) 595 exemplares
Solo (2013) 549 exemplares
Love Is Blind (2018) 323 exemplares
On the Yankee Station (1981) 290 exemplares
Fascination (2004) 273 exemplares
Trio (2021) 268 exemplares
The Destiny of Nathalie 'X' (1995) 220 exemplares
The Romantic (2022) 189 exemplares
Granta 100 (2007) 179 exemplares
Bamboo : Essays and Criticism (2005) 150 exemplares
The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth (2017) 104 exemplares
Killing Lizards and Other Stories (1982) 98 exemplares
Protobiography (1998) 81 exemplares
The Dream Lover: Short Stories (1995) 68 exemplares
The Vanishing Game (2014) 62 exemplares
La chasse au lezard / nouvelles (1990) 29 exemplares
Le destin de Nathalie X (1990) 19 exemplares
Visions fugitives (1997) 17 exemplares
Transfigured Night (1995) 12 exemplares
The Trench [1999 film] (1999) — Director — 10 exemplares
Longing (2013) 10 exemplares
Any Human Heart [2010 TV mini series] (2011) — Screenwriter — 9 exemplares
The Argument (2016) 4 exemplares
Scoop [1987 TV movie] (1987) — writer — 4 exemplares
Lanark 4 exemplares
Bullets Don't Cry (1994) 3 exemplares
My Girl in Skin-Tight Jeans (1991) 2 exemplares
A Good Man in Africa [1994 film] (1994) — Screenwriter — 2 exemplares
Not, Yet, Jayette 1 exemplar
Cork (1994) 1 exemplar
Scoop [play] 1 exemplar
A Waste of Shame [2005 TV movie] — writer — 1 exemplar
Graham Sutherland (1993) 1 exemplar
Lunch [audio play] 1 exemplar
the loss adjuster 1 exemplar
Hantise 1 exemplar
The Dream Lover (1995) — Autor — 1 exemplar
1 School 1 exemplar
2 Oxford 1 exemplar
4 Second World War 1 exemplar
5 Post War 1 exemplar
6 New York 1 exemplar
7 African 1 exemplar
Charlie 1 exemplar
8 Second London 1 exemplar
Boyd William 1 exemplar
9 French 1 exemplar
3 First London 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1963) — Introdução, algumas edições8,544 exemplares
A Handful of Dust (1934) — Introdução, algumas edições4,369 exemplares
Um grito de longe (1988) — Introdução, algumas edições1,254 exemplares
The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960) — Introdução, algumas edições734 exemplares
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contribuidor — 279 exemplares
Granta 87: Jubilee! The 25th Anniversary Issue (2004) — Contribuidor — 201 exemplares
Granta 34: Death of a Harvard Man (1990) — Contribuidor — 159 exemplares
Granta 28: Birthday: The Anniversary Issue (1989) — Contribuidor — 150 exemplares
Granta 48: Africa (1994) — Contribuidor — 143 exemplares
Granta 50: Fifty (1995) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Granta 7: Best of Young British Novelists (1983) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
A Month and a Day: A Detention Diary (1995) — Introdução — 80 exemplares
Chaplin [1992 film] (1993) — Screenwriter — 76 exemplares
Granta 14: Autobiography (1984) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
Ox-Tales: Water (2009) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
Great Poets of the 20th Century: Siegfried Sassoon (2008) — Prefácio — 15 exemplares
Sword of Honour [2001 TV movie] (2001) — Screenwriter — 11 exemplares
Short Stories: The Thoroughly Modern Collection (2008) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE NOVEMBER - SPARK & BOYD em 75 Books Challenge for 2015 (Dezembro 2015)


This is a remarkable and interesting intimate look at a not very lilkeable character, Logan Mountstuart. Mountstuart was born in Uruguay of a South American mother and successful English father At the father's death, mother and son go to England where they are "comfortably taken care of." Logan attends a private boys' school where he becomes friends to two boys: Ben and Peter who remain a part of his life throughout. He attends a college at Oxford, thinking he has successfully passed all this courses; in reality, he barely got by. He marries a woman with a title, has a son, Lionell, and almost immediately is bored and begins to travel for business.

After meeting Freya, he begins an affair which leads to a bitter divorce and almost total estrangement from his son. Soon WWII begins and Logan is drafted into Navel Intelligence. During this time, he comes in company of the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson. He becomes a paratrooper and is captured spending almost two years in a French prison.

After the war, he learns his wife and child have been killed. He travels with connections to his school friends meets various artists including Picasso and writers as Hemingway - to France, Portugal, and Spain. Along the way, he drinks, he smoozes, he has affairs. Eventually he marries again and becomes close to a stepdaughter.

Throughout his life, he is self-absorbed (the only people that seem to have touched him are Freya, the daughter, and the stepdaughter along with ins and outs of Ben and Peter.

The story is not told in narrative form but in the form of diary entries thoughout his long life. At first it took me a while to get into that format, but later found it fascinating - short, funny, in places and brutally crass in others.

I didn't like Logan Mountstuart but he had some redeeming qualities and at times, I felt sorry for him. It seemed a true, honest, and intimate look at the internal feelings of one man without a lot of angst - it just is what it is.

Would definitely read more by this author
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maryreinert | 93 outras críticas | Feb 20, 2024 |
I found Any Human Heart: the Intimate Journals of Logan Mountstuart by William Boyd an enjoyable and satisfying novel. Spanning virtually all of the 20th century, Logan Mountstuart’s journals reveal the diverse and fascinating (for me, anyway) life of the title character.

In the frame story as the novel begins, an elderly man sits editing his journals, presumably for publication. These journals, kept throughout his life, begin in 1923 when 17-year old Logan is in his last year at Abbey, an upper class British boarding/prep school. The journals continue through his years at Oxford, his career in journalism and somewhat successful attempts at becoming a novelist, his love affairs and marriages, and his different careers. He publishes some books and has a successful career managing a New York art gallery; one of his later jobs is teaching English literature in Nigeria. Living in London and traveling often to Europe, especially Paris, he socializes with some of the most famous figures of the 30’s and ‘40’s arts world, among them Hemingway (who befriends him), Fitzgerald, Picasso, Ian Fleming, and Virginia Woolf (whom he doesn’t care for). Ian Fleming recruits him for British Naval lntelligence at the beginning of World War II, and one of his numerous assignments is a mission to the Bahamas to keep an eye on the activities of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, whose characters are convincingly drawn. As a journalist he covers parts of the Spanish Civil War and three decades later joins a revolutionary group of terrorists.

Logan’s life is a long and eventful one set on many continents. He succeeds and fails, wins and loses love, is happy and in despair, as his life progresses into the ‘90’s. I very much enjoyed following Logan through this very interesting life and felt at the end of the novel as if I’d lost a friend.
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dianelouise100 | 93 outras críticas | Feb 13, 2024 |
My first novel from William Boyd (an author who came highly recommended) was not a disappointment.

Interesting characters, complicated plot, and a well developed sense of place come together into a well paced thriller. I think it's a good thing when I say that I felt I was reading an HBO drama.

The original premise is a bit crazy (mistaken identity) and it might all come together a bit too neatly in the end, but the week of reading between point A and point B was worth those minor flaws.

I will certainly read Boyd again.
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hmonkeyreads | 77 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |
A well named novel from a popular and very talented author. This tracks the life story of a provincial Irishman making his way through a 19th century world and the social moors and difficulties of that age. A common thread throughout the whole of the book is a very Tepid approach to emotional relationships. Indeed, it is towards the end of the understands that this emotional disconnect may well have been the guiding factor with regards to the difficulties in his life. This is all doom and gloom though and he’s various romances as well as his deep friendships with People around him, really does justify his title as the romantic. Well worth reading and will stay with the reader long after it is finished.… (mais)
aadyer | 9 outras críticas | Nov 24, 2023 |



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