William Boyd

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The New Confessions

book | Fiction | 1987
UK & Comm → Penguin
US → William Morrow & Co, Inc

Meet John James Todd:
Scotsman, auteur, Rousseau-fanatic - and 'subversive element'

Born in 1899, John James Todd is one of the great, failed geniuses of the last century. His reminiscences, collected in The New Confessions, take us from Edinburgh to the Western Front, the Berlin film-world in the Twenties to Hollywood in the Thirties, Forties and beyond.

Suffering imprisonment, shooting, marriage, fatherhood, divorce and McCarthyism, Todd is a hostage to good fortune, ill-judgement, bad luck, the vast sweep of history and the cruel, cruel hand of fate...

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Kampa Verlag AG
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Reviews

Brilliant. a Citizen Kane of a novel.
Daily Telegraph

Paced and plotted with sinewy, unfailing skill... Boyd has given us a work of rich, ripe and immensely enjoyable entertainment.
The Sunday Times

Simply the best realistic storyteller of his generation. Sebastian Faulks

A magnificent feat of story-telling and panoramic reconstruction. Peter Kemp
The Observer
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Simply the best realistic storyteller of his generation

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