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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>

  • Ruth est inquiète. Depuis quelques semaines, le comportement de sa mère est pour le moins étrange : elle se sent épiée et ne cesse de répéter qu'elle court un grave danger. Qui pourrait donc s'en prendre à une vieille femme menant une existence paisible dans un cottage anglais ? Personne.À moins que cette femme ne soit pas tout à fait celle qu'elle prétend être.

  • Orages ordinaires

    William Boyd

    • Audiolib
    • 13 Octobre 2010

    Par un pur hasard, Adam Kindred, jeune climatologue spécialiste des nuages, se retrouve dépouillé en quelques heures de tout ce qu'il tenait pour acquis : sa carrière, sa réputation, ses cartes de crédit, son passeport, son portable, et même ses vêtements, soit tous les signes extérieurs de son identité humaine. Une succession de terrifiantes coïncidences fait de lui l'auteur tout désigné d'un meurtre. Police et tueur à gages lancés à ses trousses, sa seule issue est d'entrer dans la clandestinité et de rejoindre la multitude de ces disparus qui hantent les grandes capitales mais demeurent indétectables sous les rayons inquisiteurs des radars sociaux.Entre ses poursuivants multiformes et insaisissables et ses frères en misère, Adam fait l'apprentissage cruel et fascinant de l'art de la survie à l'intérieur d'un Londres hors normes, peuplé de personnages forts inventifs face aux vicissitudes existentielles.En opérant - grâce à la chance et à l'amour - sa remontée à la surface du monde dit civilisé, Adam regagne l'espoir de redevenir lui-même et d'en finir avec cette vie en fuite orchestrée de main de martre par un auteur qui, lui, n'a rien laissé au hasard.L'interprétation d'Alain Ghazal sait parfaitement tenir en équilibre la tension de l'intrigue policière et la plongée dans l'univers mouvant des damnés de la terre.

  • 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 Times 'A finely judged performance: a deft and resonant alchemy of fact and fiction, of literary myth and imagination' Guardian Book of the Week 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. 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. 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. '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 Hear t] and deserves similar adulation' Obsever ' Boyd's talents as a rollicking storytelling [are] full on display in this historical blockbuster' Metro

  • La croix et la bannière

    William Boyd

    • Points
    • 14 Février 2002

    Henderson Dores a quarante ans ou presque. Il est timide, gauche et anglais. Il a aussi le don de se mettre dans des situations impossibles. Grâce à quoi il a déjà raté son mariage et risque fort d'en faire autant pour sa vie. Il a résolu de redresser la barre. Il a décidé de changer. Pour opérer cette mutation il a choisi les Etats-Unis, la Terre Promise de ceux qui se veulent dépourvus de complexes, assurés dans la vie, heureux en affaires et confiants dans l'avenir. Le voici à New York. Il aime l'Amérique. L'Amérique l'aimera-telle en retour ?
    Expert en tableaux, Henderson est chargé d'aller évaluer et obtenir le privilège de vendre la collection d'un milliardaire sudiste. Le prélude à cette mission n'est pas exactement prometteur. Mais que dire du séjour à Luxora Plage (Georgie), une plage aussi étrangère à la mer que ses habitants aux moeurs, langages et coutumes de la vieille Angleterre, et des incroyables événements qui s'ensuivent et que va vivre, littéralement au galop, notre héros ?
    Au-dessus du petit bureau de poste de Luxora Plage, flotte toujours le drapeau des confédérés, avec sa croix et ses étoiles. Rien ne pourrait mieux symboliser la tentative de conquête de l'Amérique par Henderson que cette bannière et sa croix pas comme les autres.

  • 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.

  • RESTLESS

    William Boyd

    The major and stunning new novel about wartime espionage from bestselling author William Boyd

  • The new confessions

    William Boyd

    In this extraordinary novel, William Boyd presents the autobiography of John James Todd, whose uncanny and exhilarating life as one of the most unappreciated geniuses of the twentieth century is equal parts Laurence Stern, Charles Dickens, Robertson Davies, and Saul Bellow, and a hundred percent William Boyd.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;From his birth in 1899, Todd was doomed. Emerging from his angstfilled childhood, he rushes into the throes of the twentieth century on the Western Front during the Great War, and quickly changes his role on the battlefield from cannon fodder to cameraman. When he becomes a prisoner of war, he discovers Rousseau's Confessions, and dedicates his life to bringing the memoir to the silver screen. Plagued by bad luck and blind ambition, Todd becomes a celebrated London upstart, a Weimar luminary, and finally a disgruntled director of cowboy movies and the eleventh member of the Hollywood Ten. Ambitious and entertaining, Boyd has invented a most irresistible hero.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Le destin de nathalie x

    William Boyd

    • Points
    • 19 Mars 1998

    Un jeune cinéaste africain fait malgré lui et contre toute attente la conquête d'un Hollywood qui se voudrait champion de l'art sinon de l'essai. Innocence impudente contre mégalomanie impavide, cette super-production de choc vaut le détour. Et pour accompagner l'ineffable Destin de Nathalie X, voici neuf autres petits miracles de l'alchimie boydienne. Entre amours étranges d'une jeune veuve anglaise et d'un poète portugais méconnu, les ravages nostalgiques de la mouche-saucisse, un clin d'oeil à Cyril Connolly, un hommage aux artistes du Bauhaus, ou une épitaphe pour l'auteur vietnamien de Comment ciseler les légumes tombé sous les roues d'une bicyclette de gendarme, en passant par les déjeuners littéralement impayables d'un mari infidèle et les rêves d'un Brésil de banlieue, le choix est difficile. A chacun sa théorie, comme on dit à Hollywood. Mais tous seront d'accord : cette tendresse sous laquelle pointe l'exquise cruauté d'un humour irrépressible, c'est bien la marque de l'écrivain William Boyd.

  • An ice cream war

    William Boyd

    "Rich in character and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historical novel at its best." --The New York Times Book Review Booker Prize Finalist "Boyd has more than fulfilled the bright promise of [his] first novel. . . . He is capable not only of some very funny satire but also of seriousness and compassion." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times 1914. In a hotel room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith dreams of Theodore Roosevelt. As he sleeps, a railway passenger swats at flies, regretting her decision to return to the Dark Continent--and to her husband. On a faraway English riverbank, a jealous Felix Cobb watches his brother swim, and curses his sister-in-law-to-be. And in the background of the world's daily chatter: rumors of an Anglo-German conflict, the likes of which no one has ever seen.
    In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly evokes the private dramas of a generation upswept by the winds of war. After his German neighbor burns his crops--with an apology and a smile--Walter Smith takes up arms on behalf of Great Britain. And when Felix's brother marches off to defend British East Africa, he pursues, against his better judgment, a forbidden love affair. As the sons of the world match wits and weapons on a continent thousands of miles from home, desperation makes bedfellows of enemies and traitors of friends and family. By turns comic and quietly wise, An Ie-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized by violence, chance, and the irrepressible human capacity for love.
    "Funny, assured, and cleanly, expansively told, a seriocomic romp. Boyd gives us studies of people caught in the side pockets of calamity and dramatizes their plights with humor, detail and grit." --Harper's "Boyd has crafted a quiet, seamless prose in which story and characters flow effortlessly out of a fertile imagination. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." --Newsday From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • ANY HUMAN HEART

    William Boyd

    Any Human Heart is William's Boyd's classic, bestselling novel, now available as a Penguin Essential for the first time. Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, but Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century - contains more than its fair share of both. As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in '60s New York, Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness. Here, then, is the story of a life lived to the full - and a journey deep into a very human heart. Any Human Heart will be enjoyed by readers of Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby and Hilary Mantel, as well as lovers of the finest British and historical fiction around the world. It was recently adapted for a major Channel 4 four-part drama series scripted by William Boyd and starring Kim Cattrall, Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent and Tom Hollander. This edition features beautiful cover artwork from the television series. 'Astonishing, touching, extremely funny. A brilliant evocation of a past era and an immensely readable story' Sunday Telegraph 'Superb, wonderful, enjoyable' Guardian 'A terrific journey through the twentieth century. Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable' Jeremy Paxman

  • One May evening in London, as a result of a chance encounter and a split-second decision, the young climatologist Adam Kindred loses everything - home, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, money - never to get them back. With the police and a hit man in merciless pursuit, Adam has no choice but to go underground.

  • Fascination

    William Boyd

    Sixteen masterpieces of short fiction from one of today's most original storytellers. Wide-ranging in style and subject matter, the collection moves from 19th century Russia to Second World War Los Angeles to modern-day Eastbourne. First published in Penguin in 2005 to great acclaim, now reissued with a striking new cover image.

  • Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Love is Blind by William Boyd. Love is Blind 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. 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 19th century becomes the 20th. 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 20th century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain's best loved storytellers.

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