The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth
A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs - seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the heart of the book, a 24-year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery.The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface; the impulsive decisions that irrevocably shape a life; and the endless hesitations and loss-of-nerve that wickedly complicate it. These funny, surprising and moving stories are a resounding confirmation of Boyd's powers as one of our most original and compelling storytellers.
He has probably written more classic books than any of his contemporaries * Daily Telegraph * Boyd is a brilliant novelist * Observer * William Boyd is a gifted chronicler of lives both enigmatic and artistic * Mail on Sunday * One of Britain's best and best-loved storytellers * Sunday Express * Boyd deals with heavy themes with the lightest touch. We're lucky to have him writing for us -- John Sutherland * The Times * Boyd is a gifted and intelligent story-teller -- Amanda Craig * Independent on Sunday * Boyd is as good as ever at capturing time and place, and at blurring the line between fact and fiction. A highly enjoyable read * Daily Telegraph on 'Sweet Caress' *
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.