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The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 02/11/2017
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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.

A writer of subtlety, flare and depth William Boyd began his literary career with 1981’s A Good Man in Africa which won both the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize. He is best known for his espionage thriller Restless and the expansive drama Any Human Heart, both of which have been adapted for television.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241295878
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 344 g
Dimensions: 206 x 137 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Like stealing badges, like shucking oysters, once you have one of these stories you can't stop. Lights out was after midnight" - Times

"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

"He has probably written more classic books than any of his contemporaries" - Daily Telegraph

"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 *

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 *

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 *

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“Funny and moving stories to read....”

These witty, moving short stories about love, life, relationship and finding yourself display the fact that William Boyd is one of our most interesting storytellers.

The longest story of the book " Dreams of... More

Hardback edition
21st August 2017
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“The Ministry of Silly Names”

On the one hand a selection of comical or wryly amusing short stories, on the other hand a series of vignettes of societal attitudes in Britain today, these stories both entertain and exasperate the reader.

There are... More

Hardback edition
25th October 2017
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