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William Boyd

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Join novelist, memoirist, screenwriter, trickster William Boyd as he talks fiction, photography and the art of the hoax with Toni Jordan.

Toni Jordan and William Boyd

Toni Jordan and William Boyd

Boyd has made a career out of blurring fiction and reality. In his vast body of work, including 17 works of fiction, the English writer has darted in and out of real and imagined worlds. In 1998, he wrote a hoax biography of a fictional modern artist that fooled many in the art world. His 2002 novel, Any Human Heart, saw his protagonist feuding with Virginia Woolf, kissing Evelyn Waugh and being recruited into naval intelligence by James Bond author Ian Fleming. In a life-imitating-art twist ten years later, Boyd was commissioned to jump into the shoes of the late Fleming and write a new novel in the Bond series himself.

His latest novel, Sweet Caress, incorporates real and found anonymous photographs. The novel, with a female war photographer protagonist, blends reportage, history and fiction to riveting effect.


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William Boyd

William Boyd is the author of fourteen novels including A Good Man in Africa, An Ice-Cream War, Any Human Heart, Restless, Waiting for Sunrise, and Solo, a James Bond novel. Boyd lives in London and France.

Portrait of Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan is the author of five novels. The international bestseller Addition was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Fall Girl was published internationally and has been optioned for film, and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the Indie Awards, was shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award, and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts was shortlisted for the Voss Literary Prize 2017 and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018. Toni’s latest book is the literary mystery The Fragments. She lives in Melbourne.

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