William Boyd

Novelist, screenwriter, critic and short story writer
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Biography

William Boyd was born in Ghana and grew up there and in Nigeria. He was educated at Gordonstoun School and attended the universities of Nice (Diploma of French Studies) and Glasgow (M.A (Hons) in English and Philosophy) and Jesus College, Oxford, where he studied for a PhD in English Literature. His first novel, A Good Man in Africa, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize. His other novels include  Stars and Bars, The New Confessions, and Brazzaville Beach which won the McVitie Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. An Ice Cream War was also shortlisted for the 1982 Booker Prize and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. His novel Any Human Heart won the Prix Jean Monnet award and Restless won the Costa Novel of the Year Awards. 

Some 17 of his screenplays have been filmed, including  The Trench, which he also directed, and he is also the author of five collections of short stories: On the Yankee Station, The Destiny of Nathalie 'X', Fascination, The Dream Lover and The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth. He is married and divides his time between London and South West 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.

Adam O'Riordan
Daily Telegraph on Waiting for Sunrise

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Astounding. One of Boyd's greatest achievements


Mail on Sunday on Any Human Heart

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