Books by William Boyd

William Boyd is the author of eight novels, three collections of short stories, and twelve screenplays that have been filmed. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize,


SWEET CARESS by William Boyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"This should have been a story to sink into, but it turns out to be at least a few sizes too small."
The life of a renowned war photographer forms the basis of Boyd's romantic saga. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR SUNRISE by William Boyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2012

"Boyd's latest has the irresistible charm of a vintage car that's still eminently roadworthy. And it's great fun."
A classy entertainment from the British virtuoso (Ordinary Thunderstorms, 2010, etc.)—a period caper that evolves into an adventure story of wartime counter-espionage. Read full book review >
ORDINARY THUNDERSTORMS by William Boyd
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 26, 2010

"Fine entertainment, and even finer as a thoughtful exploration of the intersections of different people in a modern metropolis."
Whitbread Award winner Boyd (Bamboo, 2007, etc.) employs thriller conventions to propel an intelligent, polished novel distinguished by full-bodied characterizations and understated social commentary. Read full book review >
BAMBOO by William Boyd
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The essays on art and artists are distinctive and interesting; everything else is pretty generic."
Essays and reviews by Whitbread Award-winning Boyd (Restless, 2006, etc.) showcase an itinerant sensibility and imagination. Read full book review >
RESTLESS by William Boyd
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A bit light on action and intrigue, but a cool, collected effort."
Atmospheric novel about an older woman whose past career as a WWII spy has come back to haunt her. Read full book review >
FASCINATION by William Boyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2005

"Thin stuff overall, though. One wonders whether most of these were ideas for unwritten novels."
Fourteen stories in a third collection from the acclaimed British author (Any Human Heart, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
ANY HUMAN HEART by William Boyd
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 2003

"A rich, unruly work, intermittently skimpy and chaotic. And, in its best pages (of which there are a fortunate many), a nearly irresistible entertainment."
The up-and-down life and times of a globetrotting author-adventurer, chronicled with exuberant wit and romantic gusto. Read full book review >
ARMADILLO by William Boyd
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 18, 1998

"A harsh, witty, resonant novel, and an impressive work."
A mingling of financial high jinks and social satire by one of the most restlessly inventive of contemporary British novelists. Read full book review >
THE BLUE AFTERNOON by William Boyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 1995

"Well written, intricately detailed and researched, but uncompelling."
British novelist Boyd (Brazzaville Beach, 1991, etc.) cooks up a wild plot revolving around a long-lost, world-traveling father and his go-getter daughter, but he gets preoccupied with fictive gymnastics at the expense of creating characters to care about. Read full book review >
BRAZZAVILLE BEACH by William Boyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 1991

"In the end, Boyd offers up a compelling tale of egos at warand further proof of an emerging, major talent."
Opting for a leaner, meaner approach than in his earlier work, Boyd here demonstrates he is capable of a serious, tightly controlled narrative as well as the comic-satiric exuberance of A Good Man in Africa (1982) and The New Confessions (1988). Read full book review >

"Fair warning is given in the last chapter as to possible roads to destruction but the way to human betterment through understanding and our still infinitesimal knowledge of genetics, is equally clear."
An excellent definition of race and its various connotations and meanings this should be read by every teen ager, with a general science Freshman High School grounding, especially those whose thinking in this direction is confused or uncertain. Read full book review >