William Boyd

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book | Fiction | Sep 2020
UK & Comm → Viking (Ed. Mary Mount)
US & Canada → Knopf (Ed. Diana Miller)

A producer. A novelist. An actress.

It is summer in 1968, the year of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. While the world is reeling our trio is involved in making a rackety Swingin' Sixties British movie in sunny Brighton. All are leading secret lives.

As the film is shot, with its usual drastic ups and downs, so does our trio's private, secret world begin to take over their public one. Pressures build inexorably - someone's going to crack. Or maybe they all will.

From one of Britain's bestselling and 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?


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an elating read

Sunday Times

The gentle, witty story includes genuinely heartbreaking moments and brilliantly captures the spirit of an era when change was in the air

Sunday Mirror

Boyd's sublime gift for characterisation is given full flow in this pacy, utter treat of a novel.


A lavishly plotted page-turner which oozes 60s cool.


The real delight is in William Boyd's wry portrait of a bygone age...Boyd's usual sure touch is evident throughout this tender, gently comic work.


An ingenious structure and characters who surprise us almost as much as they surprise themselves.

Mail on Sunday

A feast of storytelling crammed with delicious plots and subplots...like the old pro he is, Boyd handles it with total aplomb, somehow keeping the pace both brisk and unhurried, as he heads towards a conclusion that binds the various threads together in a wholly satisfying way.

Reader's Digest

Breathless and whimsical, Boyd's novel follows three characters linked by the farcical production of a film on the south coast of England in the Summer of 1968...a diverting read that's by turns raucous, charming and eccentric. 


Engrossing...an intelligent, entertaining and layered read.

The Arts Desk

The characters are wonderfully written and I loved escaping to the gossipy world of the film set.

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