William Boyd

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William Boyd is a Scottish author and screenwriter. He grew up in Ghana and Nigeria, and moved to Scotland at the age of nine. His first novel, A Good Man in Africa (1981), was published while he was a lecturer in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and he has since been an extraordinarily prolific and successful author. He was selected by Ian Fleming’s estate to write the next James Bond novel, Solo, published in 2013. His work includes novels, short stories, screenplays and a memoir and it has been translated into over thirty languages.

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    Our Mutual Friend

    By Charles Dickens

    Recommended by: William Boyd
    Publish Date: 1864-1865
    Upon his death, an old miser leaves his fortune to his son, who at the time is away from the country, on condition that he marries Bella Wilfer, a woman he has never met. As he is presumed dead, the…
  • Short Stories

    By Anton Chekhov

    Recommended by: William Boyd
    Regarded as the greatest author of short stories, Anton Chekhov changed the genre itself with his spare, impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition. From characteristically brief, evocative early pieces … to his best-known stories … Chekhov’s short…
  • A Far Cry From Kensington

    By Muriel Spark

    Recommended by: William Boyd
    Publish Date: 1988
    Inspired by her own experience as a literary editor in London, the book tells the story of Agnes (Nancy) Hawkins, an editor working for a failing publishing house. Looking back on her past, Nancy recalls her struggling days in South…
  • Scoop

    By Evelyn Waugh

    Recommended by: William Boyd
    Publish Date: 1938
    Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of ‘The Daily Beast’, is convinced that he has found the perfect young reporter to cover the crisis in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. William Boot, a nature contributor to the newspaper, finds himself…
  • Pale Fire

    By Vladimir Nabokov

    Recommended by: William Boyd
    Publish Date: 1962
    ‘The American poet John Shade is dead; murdered. His last poem, Pale Fire, is put into a book, together with a preface, a lengthy commentary and notes by Shade’s editor, Charles Kinbote. Known on campus as the ‘Great Beaver’, Kinbote…