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William Boyd hailed as 'one of our best contemporary storytellers'

The Week in Review - The Best Book reviews of the week

William Boyd's Trio (Knopf Publishing) came swingin' into reviews, as critics hailed the 60's-set novel "immensely readable", "elating" and "sensational". The Spectator's Brian Martin called Boyd "one of our best contemporary storytellers" adding that the novel "succeeds impressively because of its dramatic, often sensational, revelations." Trio is "immensely readable, its descriptions full of light and colour, its humour spot on" according to Francesca Carington at the Sunday Telegraph. Whilst the Times' Laura Freeman thought that the author had "great fun" imagining the world of 1968 through three intersecting lives. 

Stuart Turton's The Devil and the Dark Water (Raven Books) sailed into the weekend's book reviews. The Times' Antonia Senior wrote, "Turton carries the reader through his fantastical plot with irrepressible narrative glee", whilst Alison Flood in the Observerstated, "Turton has a fantastic time laying out the details of his intricate plot, leaving the reader wondering if it is something human or supernatural." Finally, Wendy Holden gave the supernatural murder mystery a rave review in the Daily Mail: "If you read one book this year, make sure it’s this one."

Rupert Everett's To the End of the World: Travels with Oscar Wilde (Little, Brown) also journeyed into the critics praises. The Observer's Rachel Cooke thought the memoir "sharp", "masterly" and "funny". Philip Hensher wrote in the Spectator that the book is a "charming and witty account of a largely horrible experience, interspersed with lovely recollections of a more debauched past". Finally, in the Times, Ed Patton thought Everett's memoir, telling the story of his Oscar Wilde biopic, "mixes candour with A-list gossip."

William Boyd

3.86 out of 5

12 reviews

A producer. A novelist. An actress. It's summer 1968--a time of war and assassinations, protests and riots. While the world is reeling, our trio is involved in making a disaster-plagued, Swingin' Sixties British movie in sunny Brighton. All are leading secret lives. As the movie shoot zigs and zags, these layers of secrets become increasingly more untenable. Pressures build inexorably. The FBI and CIA get involved. Someone is going to crack--or maybe they all will. From one of Britain's best loved writers comes an exhilarating, tender novel--by turns hilarious and heartbreaking--that asks the vital questions: What makes life worth living? And what do you do if you find it isn't?

Stuart Turton

4.42 out of 5

7 reviews

Rupert Everett

4.00 out of 5

6 reviews

The extraordinary and outrageous memoir from award-winning writer and actor Rupert Everett