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Bloody Breadknife

Advantages: brilliantly told
Disadvantages: much too long

Adam Kindred, A British climatologist who’s worked in the USA for some years, comes back to his home country for a job interview. Afterwards he has lunch and a man in the restaurant strikes up a conversation with him. When he leaves, Adam notices that he ...

MALU 05.03.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Ordinary Thunderstorms - William Boyd

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Spying for King and Country

Advantages: An excellently-written and very readable novel.
Disadvantages: None.

William Boyd is indubitably one of the finest living writers in the English language. Less honoured by awards ceremonies than he should be, and perhaps less self-publicising than some of his near-contemporaries (Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Salman Rushd ...

JoePoirot 08.05.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Waiting for Sunrise - William Boyd

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Definitely not a holiday in the sun

Advantages: Entertaining and sometimes poignant black comedy of war
Disadvantages: Seems a little unfocussed in parts

William Boyd is one of those contemporary novelists who has been on my must-try list for a long time. This tale, set mostly in East Africa during the First World War, seemed as good as any with which to start. (For a start, it was the only one of his on ...

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Review of An Ice-cream War - William Boyd

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Make ice-cream, not war

Advantages: Great, epic story, well-researched, Boyd's wry humour
Disadvantages: Starts off a bit slow

Published: 1982 INTRODUCTION The first Boyd I ever read was Armadillo and since then I regularly pick up his earlier works. The reason I enjoy them a lot is because almost all of his earlier novels are set in Africa and this is probably no accide ...

lillamarta 11.10.2010 · Read full review
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Perilous Primates

Advantages: good read, fascinating topic
Disadvantages: doesn't appeal to me throughout

...Hope Clearwater, a young English ethologist* is staying in the house she's inherited from her late lover, an Egyptian mercenary pilot, on Brazzaville Beach in the Republic of the Congo taking stock of her eventful life so far. The novel's epigraph is So ...

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Review of Brazzaville Beach - William Boyd

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