The dazzling new book from one of Britain's best-selling novelists.
William Boyd was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana, and grew up there and in Nigeria. His first novel, A Good Man in Africa (1981), won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize. His other bestselling novels include Any Human Heart, Restless and Sweet Caress. He is married and divides his time between London and south-west France.
Boyd shows why he's so often compared to Graham Greene....
brilliant and bewitching collection of stories * Financial Times
Like stealing badges, like shucking oysters, once you have one of these stories you can't stop. Lights out was after midnight * Times *
Clever and, yes, cinematic * Observer *
The stories, as is often the case with Boyd, are packed with characters whose lives are upended by random upheavals * Sunday Times *
Unfailingly amusing and clever * Guardian *
In a 2008 essay, Boyd explained that writing short stories gives him a welcome chance "to change habits, to experiment, to take risks, to try out different voices". And in the best stories here, it's a chance he takes full advantage of, serving up an impressive variety of settings and protagonists * Daily Telegraph *
Highly entertaining * Mail on Sunday *
Boyd is dependably a master of what's most true: an always elegant realist whose characters will get under your skin * GQ *
No one charts the highs and lows of the human condition like Boyd * Red *
A riveting short story collection from one of the best * Woman & Home *
Varied, entertaining * Daily Mail *
Spiky, sparking and simply brilliant * Sunday Mirror *
Enjoyably spot-on * Sunday Times *
What Boyd does so mesmerisingly...is make the insignificant utterly significant...you are confronted by the full force of Boyd's undeniable talent for storytelling, as he inventively plays with time and form, and infuses his prose with themes of lust, love and emotional incompetence * Stylist *
William Boyd is arguably one of Britain's finest living writers...compelling and highly entertaining * Sunday Express *
He is a skilled and humorous storyteller, and his pleasure in exploring life's uncertainties is apparent * i *
Boyd delights in themes of deceit and getting one over on the competition...such finely-honed prose * Evening Standard *
Quite brilliant. There has been no decline in the wit, the style, the precise observation * The Tablet *
These stories, by one of Britain's most compelling authors about how the post is inescapable - from random encounters to impulsive acts - is funny and surprising * Elle *
Boyd has always been eloquent, his narratives memorably stylish * Literary Review *
Smart, funny and compelling * The Times Books of the Year *