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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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Boyd's Void

Advantages: Good read which is more than just a story
Disadvantages: None

The curiously named "Armadillo" is William Boyd's eighth novel. Born in Ghana and brought up there and in Nigeria, Boyd has had a successful career as a novelist, short-story and screenplay writer and as a journalist. His novels have won critical and popu ...

JoePoirot 04.04.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Armadillo - 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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