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Restless by William Boyd


William Boyd

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 2 Jan 2007
ISBN: 9780747586203

The major and stunning new novel about wartime espionage from bestselling author William Boyd

3 stars out of 5
Will Cohu
15 Jan 2021

"a lurid tale of sex, revenge, and a pencil in the brain"

While not lacking in nerve, Ruth seems to be staggering through hangovers towards an implosion in her personal life. Is her mother's narrative a warning of the cost of deceit? Perhaps there is no point to be made, or perhaps the problem is the efficiency with which the book follows its structural devices. Restless brushes up against some intriguing subjects, teasing us with the fiction behind historical certainties – that “special relationship” with America – but it does not pause to explore things.