ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: June 25, 2009
By (author) William Boyd
“Brazzaville Beach” is a classic award-winning novel by William Boyd. It is winner of the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize. ‘I live on Brazzaville Beach…I am here because two sets of strange and extraordinary events happened to me…One in England, first, and then one in Africa.’ On Brazzaville Beach, on the edge of Africa, Hope Clearwater examines the complex circumstances that brought her there. Sifting the details for evidence of her own innocence or guilt, she tells her engrossing story with a blunt and beguiling honesty that not only intrigues and disturbs but is also completely enthralling. “Brazzaville Beach” will be loved by fans of Any Human Heart, as well as readers of Ben Macintyre, Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby and Hilary Mantel. “”Brazzaville Beach” exudes confidence; Boyd has grown in authority from book to book. Things are by turn hilarious and edgy but always under control”. (“Sunday Times”). “A brilliant storyteller …a book which stretches, tantalizes and delights”. (“Financial Times”). “As intelligent as anything you’re likely to read …slips by like a thriller”. (“Time Out”). “A most extraordinary parable about mankind …quite unlike anything else I have ever read”.(“Sunday Express”). 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 novels have 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”, “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”, “Fascination”, “Bamboo” and “Waiting for Sunrise”. He divides his time between London and south-west France.
Reviews of Brazzaville Beach
'As intelligent as anything you're likely to read… slips by like a thriller' Time Out 'A brilliant storyteller… a book which stretches, tantalizes and delights' Financial Times 'A most extraordinary parable about mankind… quite unlike anything else I have ever read' Sunday Express 'Brazzaville Beach exudes confidence; Boyd has grown in authority from book to book. Things are by turn hilarious and edgy but always under control' Sunday Times
William Boyd was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana and grew up there and in Nigeria. His first novel, A Good Man in Africa (1981), won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize. His other novels are An Ice Cream War (1982, shortlisted for the 1982 Booker Prize and winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Stars and Bars (1984), The New Confessions (1987), Brazzaville Beach (1990, winner of the McVitie Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize), The Blue Afternoon (1993, winner of the 1993 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award), Armadillo (1998), Any Human Heart (2002, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet) and Restless (2006, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year Award). His latest novel is Ordinary Thunderstorms (2009). Some thirteen of his screenplays have been filmed, including The Trench (1999), which he also directed, and he is also the author of four collections of short stories: On the Yankee Station (1981), The Destiny of Nathalie ‘X’ (1995), Fascination (2004) and The Dream Lover (2008). He is married and divides his time between London and South West France.