I was first introduced to the author William Boyd in the book club. We read Any Human heart and I was sold on his heart rending historical drama / realism style. It translated very well to television last year although the book for me is a monumental piece of storytelling and one of my standout books over the past few years.
Unusually for me, I’ve read a few more of his books ‘in my own time’ ie not book club books. This is unusual as the discipline of reading a book per month in book club often means other books often get the scraps of your reading time. But Boyd is a master story teller and I am a willing reader of his tales.
His latest book is a story set in world war one featuring soldiering wartime exploits, espionage, acting and lashings of intrigue. I devoured it in a day or two and enjoyed it immensely. It’s a screenplay essentially, with the book written so cinematically it’s virtually good to go on the big screen. It’s resonant of Boy’s Own literature for the grown up generation and I was drawing parallels with John Buchan’s 39 Steps.
Highly enjoyable fun, let me know if you’d like to borrow my copy.