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Love is Blind

book | Fiction | Sep 2018
UK & Comm → Viking (Ed. Mary Mount)
US → Knopf (Ed. Sonny Mehta)

Set at the end of the 19th century Love is Blind 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 twentieth century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain's best loved storytellers.


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Editions Du Seuil
Kampa Verlag AG
Neri Pozza Editore
Ediciones Alfaguara

Hugely readable, entirely engaging and frequently funny ...  a fine, touching and clever book. 

Alexander Larman
The Guardian

Boyd on form is the ultimate in immersive fiction, and Love is Blind is Boyd at the top of his game... magnificent.

Sunday Times

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


He has probably written more classic books than any of his contemporaries

Daily Telegraph

Boyd's talents as a rollicking storytelling [are] full on display in this historical blockbuster


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

William Boyd is arguably one of Britain's finest living writers

Sunday Express

Boyd . . . has that rare gift of being popular and literary at the same time. His 15th book will surely be complementing living rooms across the country soon.

Evening Standard

Reading this masterly novel from Boyd is like easing into a comfortable prose chair. The language, story, and setting all converge in a richly satisfying human drama; highly recommended.

Henry Bankhead

Boyd has long been a master of the technical aspects of fiction-writing, and in Love Is Blind this is again in evidence: plotting, pacing and historical detail are all adroitly handled, and he succeeds in making the world of piano tuning—as well as the wider milieu of fin de siècle Europe—come alive... Extremely enjoyable.

Financial Times

Boyd’s lively 15th novel careens across the world... a wild story... ageless and very entertaining.

Publishers Weekly

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