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A fabulous new novel set at the end of the nineteenth century from one of Britain's most beloved novelists.

'You don't see me as I really am. All the many nuances of Lika Blum. The light and the dark.
You just see the light'

Love is Blind is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel - set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life.

When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie's love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the 19th century becomes the 20th.

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 20th century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain's best loved storytellers.

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241295946

    October 1, 2018

    Viking

    296 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241295939

    October 18, 2018

    Viking

    296 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • Audio CD

    9780241979808

    October 18, 2018

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    RRP $45.00

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  • Love is Blind
    William Boyd

    EBook

    9780241979785

    September 20, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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  • Paperback

    9780241295922

    May 21, 2019

    Viking

    384 pages

    RRP $19.99

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Extract

Prologue

Port Blair
Andaman Islands
Indian Empire

11 March 1906


Dear Amelia,

There was an attempt to escape from the jail last night and a small riot ensued. Most unusual. Three of the prisoners were killed but a number managed to flee. Consequently we have a twenty-four-hour curfew imposed on the town so here I am in my house at luncheon writing this long-overdue missive.

All is well, my leg is much better (Dr Klein is very pleased, he says, though I’m walking with a stick – very elegant) and the new tribe we’ve found is slowly becoming accommodating. Colonel Ticknell, the British superintendent here, is most helpful. ‘Your every need, Miss Arbogast, is mine. Please don’t hesitate, the merest trifle, etc., etc.’ And I don’t hesitate (you know me). Transport, bearers, diplomatic postal facilities – even a firearm – have been supplied. I think Col Ticknell has a soft spot for me and he imagines diligent concern will win my heart. No harm in thinking, I suppose. You will call me a calculating minx, but needs must out here.

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