Plant one bamboo shootcut bamboo for the rest of your life. William Boyds prolific, fruitful career is a testament to this old Chinese saying. Boyd penned his first book review in 1978the proverbial bamboo shootand weve been reaping the rewards ever since. Beginning with the Whitbread Awardwinning A Good Man in Africa, William Boyd has written consistently artful, intelligent fiction and firmly established himself as an international man of letters.
"At 500-plus pages, this volume is perfect for a bedside table, to be read for sustained excellence of observation and lucidity of prose." - Publishers Weekly.
"Does William Boyd write effective prose? Not often. He is neither an intellectual nor a stylist, and in the absence of rigour or sparkle Bamboo is not an enjoyable read." - The Guardian.
"Bamboo is solid stuff, and occasionally inspiring, but too big. Aphorisms and metaphors (such as his touching use of "dogged" as a technical term of art criticism) recur too regularly when these decades of work are squashed between two covers. Boyd is undoubtedly a substantial writer but this block of journalism confirms the mighty labour of his workaday career, rather than the more memorable flights of fictional transcendence." - The Independent.
"The essays on art and artists are distinctive and interesting; everything else is pretty generic." - Kirkus Reviews.
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Born in Accra, Ghana, in 1952, William Boyd grew up there and in Nigeria. He attended the universities of Nice and Glasgow as well as Jesus College, Oxford, studying French, English and Philosophy. He was also a lecturer in English Literature at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and has been presented with honorary Doctorates in Literature from four other institutions.
William Boyd is the author of eleven novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Literary Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet; and Restless, winner of the Costa ...
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