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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 ...

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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 ...

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Review of Ordinary Thunderstorms - William Boyd

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hooked on confessions

Advantages: epic and engaging
Disadvantages: some loose ends

..."Make your own rut," he said. "It's the only way..." The New Confessions is written as an autobiography, and tells the story of the life of the fictional John James Todd, born in Scotland in 1899. It charts his childhood, his relationship with his fath ...

seb36 16.11.2002 · Read full review
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Review of The New Confessions - William Boyd

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A tour de force

Advantages: Great Story, compelling idea
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...I have read about five of Boyd's novels and all have been excellent. He writes in a nice easy style and his novels always centre around one idea. This book centres around fate and the role it plays in our lives. It is written in autobiographical form, ...

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