Brazzaville Beach: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages
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“Utterly engaging….A novel of ideas, of big themes….William Boyd is a champion storyteller.” - New York Times Book Review

William Boyd’s classic Brazzaville Beach has been called as a “bold seamless blend of philosophy and suspense… [that] nevertheless remains accessible to general readers on a level of pure entertainment.” (Boston Globe). Released to coincide with Boyd’s latest novel, Ordinary Thunderstorms, Brazzaville Beach tells the story of a British primate-researcher who relocates to war-torn Africa in the wake of her husband’s tragic descent into mental illness. Intense, exhilarating, and engrossing, Brazzaville Beach is “rich in action and thought,” and William Boyd “a writer who allows the scope of his work to expand to the point of bursting.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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Excellent novel of Africa, chimps and human nature -- this novel has it all. Includes lots of action and suspense as well as love interests and sex. Boyd's novels read best sipped at like fine wine as ... Read full review

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Hope Clearwater lives alone in a rundown beach house next to Brazzaville Beach, a nondescript beach in an unnamed African country where she makes a living by doing odd bits of translation work for a ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

William Boyd is also the author of A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys War Prize and short-listed for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year; Ordinary Thunderstorms; and Waiting for Sunrise, among other books. He lives in London.

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