Books by William Boyd
NPR stories about William Boyd
Acclaimed British author William Boyd was tapped last year to write the latest James Bond novel. The new book, called Solo, takes 007 on his first trip to Africa. Boyd says the Bond of the novels is quite different from the Bond on the screen — and that he sees a definite overlap between spies and novelists.
When Lysander Rief, a young actor undergoing treatment from one of Freud's disciples, is falsely accused of rape, he is dragged into a web of World War I-era intrigue. William Boyd's Waiting for Sunrise has all the ingredients of a surefire hit; why, then, is it so tedious?
William Boyd's hapless protagonist is a misogynistic, misanthropic, overweight, oversexed first secretary of the British High Commission in the fictitious West African country Kinjanja. Writer Susan Coll says that wrapped up in the dark comedy, Boyd delivers an unflinching critique of British attitudes in early post-Colonial years.