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  • Published: 26 September 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141901381
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

Fascination




Fascination is master storyteller William Boyd's third volume of short stories



Described as "the finest storyteller of his generation", and following his acclaimed collections On the Yankee Station (1981) and The Destiny of Nathalie X (1995), in Fascination Boyd shows his brilliance of the form as these stories range widely through time and space. In a dazzling array of styles and narratives we move from 1930s Germany to Los Angeles in the Second World War, from contemporary Oxford to 19th century Russia. Whether in London or Amsterdam. Eastbourne or a Normandy village these stories explore and expose the fraught, funny, absurd, poignant and lovelorn lives of their many and varied characters.



Fascination will be loved by fans of Any Human Heart, as well as readers of William Trevor, Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby and Hilary Mantel.

'The stories here are perfect ... suffused with an understanding of love, desire andemotional incompetence' Guardian



'Perfectly formed snapshots of life at its most mystifying' Daily Mail



'Consistently entertaining' Literary Review




'Boyd achieves his best writing, observing tiny moments of love, lust and epiphanywith extraordinary sensitivity' Spectator





William Boyd was born in Ghana, where his father was a doctor, and was educated there and in Scotland. His first novel A Good Man in Africa won both the Whitbread First Novel and Somerset Maugham Prizes, and his subsequent novelshave gone onto win many awards. His books include: On the Yankee Station and Other Stories, An Ice-Cream War, Stars and Bars, School Ties, The New Confessions, BrazzavilleBeach, The Blue Afternoon, The Destiny of Natalie 'X' and Other Stories, Armadillo, Nat Tate: An American Artist 1928-1960, Any Human Heart, Restless,The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth, Ordinary Thunderstorms, Bamboo and Waiting for Sunrise. He divides his time between London and south-west France.


%%%This is William Boyd's third volume of short stories following his acclaimed collections On the Yankee Station (1981) and The Destiny of Nathalie X (1995). Described as "the finest storyteller of his generation", Boyd shows his mastery of the form as these stories range widely through time and space. In a brilliant array of styles and narratives we move from 1930s Germany to Los Angeles in the Second World War, from contemporary Oxford to 19th century Russia. Whether in London or Amsterdam. Eastbourne or a Normandy village these stories explore and expose the fraught, funny, absurd, poignant and lovelorn lives of their many and varied characters.

  • Pub date: 26 September 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141901381
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

About the Author

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.

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