The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth (Hardback)William Boyd (author)
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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
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 344 g
Dimensions: 206 x 137 x 25 mm
"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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