Born in Ghana, William Boyd was educated at Gordonstoun School and attended the universities of Nice (Diploma of French Studies), Glasgow (M.A.Hons in English and Philosophy) and Jesus College, Oxford, where he studied for a D.Phil in English Literature.
William Boyd's novels and short stories have been translated in over thirty languages and have garnered many awards, including the Whitbread, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Jonathan Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Prix Jean Monnet and the Costa Novel of the Year.
On 1st April 1998, Boyd published Nat Tate: An American Artist 1928-1960, in a blitz of news coverage worldwide. The biography offers an account of the New York-based 1950s artist and painter Nat Tate, who burnt and destroyed his entire output of Abstract Expressionist paintings before tragically taking his own life.
Nat Tate and his art were more recently brought to life in William Boyd's adaptation of his novel Any Human Heart, which was screened by Channel 4 in autumn of 2010. Boyd's other screenwriting credits include Chaplin and Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour trilogy.
In April 2012, it was announced that William Boyd had been asked by Ian Fleming Publications to write the new James Bond novel.
William Boyd is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has been presented with honorary Doctorates in Literature from the Universities of St Andrews, Stirling, Glasgow and Dundee and was awarded the CBE in 2005.
He is married and divides his time between London and the south west of France.
As ever with Boyd there is an effortlessness to the prose and a piercing acuity to the period detail and evocation of place, along with thrilling set pieces... Waiting for Sunrise proves that rarest of beasts: a tantalisingly experimental work that is also an immensely satisfying page-turner.
Daily Telegraph on Waiting for Sunrise
- Curtis Brown Authors in the Top 100 Bestselling Books of 2016
- Curtis Brown authors longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award
- William Boyd and Lisa Jewell selected for the Richard and Judy Summer Book Club
- William Boyd's Sweet Caress shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize
- The Guardian’s Best Books of 2015