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    William Boyd

ISBN: Paperback. 9780241295922

Love is Blind

by: William Boyd


Meet the Author
William Boyd was one of the select – and incredibly prescient – 1983 list of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, following his Whitbread First Novel Award victory two years earlier for the brilliant colonial farce A Good Man in Africa. In the years since, Boyd has consistently dazzled in both quality of output and range, tackling everything from the tour de force of writerly endeavour Any Human Heart, to the compelling, complex portrait of primate researcher Hope Clearwater in Brazzaville Beach. Along the way, Boyd picked up a Costa win for his story of secrets and spies Restless, returning to espionage of a different kind in Solo, the author’s take on Ian Fleming’s 007. In 2018, Boyd published his grand European romance, Love is Blind.
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About This Book

When Brodie Moncur 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 twentieth century, Love is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain’s best loved storytellers.


ISBN: Paperback. 9780241295922
Publisher: Penguin
Publish Date: 2019
Page Count: 384

Press reviews:

'Full of lovelorn yearning and twisty derring-do that wins you over with its infectious charm.' - The Mail 'It's a finely judged performance: a deft and resonant alchemy of fact and fiction, of literary myth and imagination.' - The Guardian ‘There are few reading pleasures as great as giving in to a William Boyd when he’s on song… he conjures up a world and a story so extraordinary and yet so convincing you feel they must be real..The story is one of grand passion that risks everything and its sweep is magnificent.' - The Sunday Times 'Hugely readable, entirely engaging and frequently funny.' - The Observer 'He has probably written more classic books than any of his contemporaries' - The Daily Telegraph 'Boyd is a brilliant novelist' - The Observer 'William Boyd is arguably one of Britain's finest living writers' - The Sunday Express

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