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  • TRIO

    William Boyd

    • Viking
    • 1 Octobre 2020

    A producer. A novelist. An actress.It is summer in 1968, the year of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. There are riots in Paris and the Vietnam War is out of control. While the world is reeling our three characters are involved in making a Swingin'' Sixties movie in sunny Brighton.All are leading secret lives. Elfrida is drowning her writer''s block in vodka; Talbot, coping with the daily dysfuntion of making a film, is hiding something in a secret apartment; and the glamorous Anny is wondering why the CIA is suddenly so interested in her.But the show must go on and, as it does, the trio''s private worlds begin to take over their public ones. Pressures build inexorably - someone''s going to crack. Or maybe they all will.From one of Britain''s best loved writers comes an exhilarating, tender novel that asks the vital questions: what makes life worth living? And what do you do if you find it isn''t?br>_______________________________________________PRAISE FOR WILLIAM BOYD''The ultimate in immersive fiction . . . magnificent'' Sunday Times''A finely judged performance: a deft and resonant alchemy of fact and fiction, of literary myth and imagination'' Guardian on Love is Blind''William Boyd has probably written more classic books than any of his contemporaries'' Daily Telegraph''Simply the best realistic storyteller of his generation'' Sebastian Faulks>

  • LOVE IS BLIND

    William Boyd

    Boyd on form is the ultimate in immersive fiction, and Love is Blind is Boyd at the top of his game . . . magnificent'' Sunday Timesbr>br>''A finely judged performance: a deft and resonant alchemy of fact and fiction, of literary myth and imagination'' Guardian Book of the Weekbr>br>This is William Boyd''s sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. br>br>When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie''s love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the nineteenth century becomes the twentieth. br>br>Love is Blind is a tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavour and the illusions it creates; of all the possibilities that life can offer, and how cruelly they can be snatched away. At once an intimate portrait of one man''s life and an expansive exploration of the beginning of the twentieth century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain''s best loved storytellers.br>br>''Boyd is back on a form few of his contemporaries can match. This fine, touching and clever book is the best thing he''s written since [Any Human Heart] and deserves similar adulation'' Obseverbr>br>''Boyd''s talents as a rollicking storytelling [are] full on display in this historical blockbuster'' Metro br>br>''The book begins and continues at a cracking pace - or perhaps a cinematic stride - with scenes, scenarios, set-pieces and minor characters aplenty, all of which and all of whom might easily detain another writer for an entire book . . . He makes it look easy: he''s a pro'' New Statesman>

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