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Blue Afternoon
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  • Published: 30 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141929774
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

Blue Afternoon


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The Blue Afternoon is a classic, prize-winning novel by bestseller William Boyd

Winner of the 1993 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award

Los Angeles 1936. Kay Fischer, a young, ambitious architect, is shadowed by Salvador Carriscant, an enigmatic stranger claiming to be her father. Within weeks of their first meeting, Kay will join him for an extraordinary journey into the old man's past, initially in search of a murderer, but finally in celebration of a glorious, undying love.

The Blue Afternoon will be enjoyed by fans of Any Human Heart and readers of Ben Macintyre, Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby and Hilary Mantel, as well as lovers of the finest fiction around the world.





William Boyd has always been described as a great storyteller ... 'here he creates a world both elegiac and hopeful, and achingly memorable' The Times

'A brilliant achievement ... has a sense of place and storytelling which you rarely find these days in British novels' Time Out

'Richly entertaining ... Boyd has organized his narrative into one elegant and almost seamless weave' Independent

William Boyd was born in Ghana, where his father was a doctor, and was educated thereand in Scotland. His first novel A Good Man in Africa won both the Whitbread First Novel and Somerset Maugham Prizes, and his subsequent novels have gone onto win many awards. His books include: On the Yankee Station and OtherStories, An Ice-Cream War, Stars and Bars, School Ties, The New Confessions, Brazzaville Beach, The Destiny of Natalie 'X' and Other Stories, Armadillo, NatTate: An American Artist 1928-1960, Any Human Heart, Restless, The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth, Ordinary Thunderstorms, Fascination, Bamboo and Waiting for Sunrise. He divides his time between London and south-west France.
%%%Winner of the 1993 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award



Los Angeles 1936. Kay Fischer, a young, ambitious architect, is shadowed by Salvador Carriscant, an enigmatic stranger claiming to be her father. Within weeks of their first meeting, Kay will join him for an extraordinary journey into the old man's past, initially in search of a murderer, but finally in celebration of a glorious, undying love.
%%%Winner of the 1993 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award
Los Angeles 1936. Kay Fischer, a young, ambitious architect, is shadowed by Salvador Carriscant, an enigmatic stranger claiming to be her father. Within weeks of their first meeting, Kay will join him for an extraordinary journey into the old man's past, initially in search of a murderer, but finally in celebration of a glorious, undying love.

  • Pub date: 30 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141929774
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Authors

William Boyd

William Boyd is the author of one work of non-fiction, three collections of short stories and thirteen novels, including the bestselling historical spy thriller Restless – winner of the Costa Novel of the Year – and Any Human Heart, in which the character of Ian Fleming features. Among his other awards are the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Jean Monnet. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2005, he was awarded the CBE.

Born in Ghana in 1952, William Boyd spent much of his early life in West Africa. He now divides his time between the south-west of France and Chelsea, where he lives a stone’s throw from James Bond’s London address.

Robin Boyd

William Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana in 1952. He is the author of five other novels and a collection of short stories that have been published around the world in over two dozen languages. In addition, eight of his screenplays have been filmed, the most recent of which is A Good Man in Africa, based on his first novel. He is married and lives in London.


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