Bamboo

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A&C Black, Jul 13, 2012 - Literary Collections - 672 pages
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Throughout his career as a novelist, William Boyd has never stopped writing non-fiction, providing a fascinating counterpoint to the world of his novels. 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 and his years at boarding school. From Pablo Picasso to the allure of the British caff, from Charles Dickens to Catherine Deneuve, from mini-cabs to Brideshead Revisited, this collection proves an engrossing and revealing companion to the work of one of Britain's leading novelists.
 

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BAMBOO: Essays and Criticisms

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Essays and reviews by Whitbread Award-winning Boyd (Restless, 2006, etc.) showcase an itinerant sensibility and imagination.The British author certainly covers a lot of territory in this bulky ... Read full review

Contents

The Lion Griefs
14
The First World War
41
Being Translated
55
The ElevenYear War
68
LITERATURE
91
Katherine Mansfield
106
William Golding
121
Kurt Vonnegut 2
136
Michael Andrews
337
Pierre Bonnard
358
Nat Tate
373
Ken SaroWiwa Cecil Rhodes 388
388
White Mischief
402
The Sahara
415
The Trench
449
The Borgfire of the Iarlities
464

Djuna Barnes
143
Raymond Carver
160
Ronald Frame
173
Alan Ross
186
Gustave Flaubert
199
Three French Novels
214
Ernest Hemingway
228
Anton Chekhov 1
245
Richard Yates
262
Stanley Spencer
275
American
289
Sarah Raphael 1
304
Frank Auerbach
321
Electra Glide in Blue
478
TELEVISION
485
The Cherry Orchard
498
Mike Leigh 1
512
The Wright Brothers
528
The Galapagos Affair
542
Charlie Chaplin 1
555
Charlie Chaplin 2
568
The Duke of Windsor and Sir Harry Oakes
583
France 194045
597
Minicabs
614
Montevideo
619
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About the author (2012)

William Boyd was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana and was brought up there and in Nigeria. He is the author of A Good Man in Africa, which won the Whitbread Literary Award for the Best First Novel in 1981 and a Somerset Maugham Award in 1982; On the Yankee Station (1982), a collection of short stories; An Ice-Cream War, which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize for 1982 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Stars and Bars (1984); The New Confessions (1987); Brazzaville Beach, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for 1990 and for which William Boyd was awarded the McVitie's Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year; The Blue Afternoon, which won the 1993 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award; The Destiny of Nathalie X, a further collection of short stories; Any Human Heart; and most recently Restless, which won the Best Novel category of the 2007 Costa Book Awards. William Boyd is married and lives in London.

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