William Boyd was one of the select – and incredibly prescient – 1983 list of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, following his Whitbread First Novel Award victory two years earlier for the brilliant colonial farce A Good Man in Africa. In the years since, Boyd has consistently dazzled in both quality of output and range, tackling everything from the tour de force of writerly endeavour Any Human Heart, to the compelling, complex portrait of primate researcher Hope Clearwater in Brazzaville Beach. Along the way, Boyd picked up a Costa win for his story of secrets and spies Restless, returning to espionage of a different kind in Solo, the author’s take on Ian Fleming’s 007. In 2018, Boyd published his grand European romance, Love is Blind.
Love is Blind is a tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavour and the illusions it creates; of all the possibilities that life can offer, and how cruelly they can be snatched away. At once an intimate portrait of one man's life and an expansive exploration of the beginning of the twentieth century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain's best loved storytellers.