William Boyd's first ever collection of non-fiction is a substantial volume of writings from the last three decades that range widely over his particular interests and obsessions. "Bamboo" gathers together Boyd's writing on literature, art, the movie business, television, people he has met, places he has visited and autobiographical reflections on his African childhood, his years at boarding school and the profession of novelist. From Pablo Picasso to the allure of the British Caff, from Charles Dickesn to Catherine Deneuve, from mini-cabs to Brideshead Revisted, this collection proves a fascinating and surprisingly revealing companion to the work of one of Britain's leading novelists.
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'The reader is getting a substantial amount of Boyd for his or her money ... Perhaps his professionalism as a writer combines with his abiding interest in art to give Boyd the rare skill of translating visual idiom into intelligent prose' Independent 'Wonderful ... there are enormous pleasures to be had from Bamboo' Spectator 'Serious, provocative, intelligent, Boyd's writing is endlessly open to ideas' Daily Telegraph 'One of the best writers in English' Sunday TelegraphAbout the Author:
William Boyd was born in Ghana in 1952. He was brought up there and in Nigeria. He was educated at the universities of Nice, Glasgow and Oxford. He is the author of a number of acclaimed and hugely popular novels and three volumes of short stories, and the recipient of many prizes, including the Whitbread First Novel Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award. He is married and lives in London.
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