VJ Books Presents Author William Boyd!
William Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana, in 1952 and grew up in Ghana and in Nigeria. He was educated at Gordonstoun School and attended the universities of Nice (Diploma of French Studies) and Glasgow (M.A.Hons in English and Philosophy) and Jesus College, Oxford, where he studied for a D.Phil in English Literature. He was also a lecturer in English Literature at St. Hilda's College, Oxford, from 1980-83. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has been presented with honorary Doctorates in Literature from the universities of St. Andrews, Stirling, Glasgow and Dundee. In 2005 he was awarded the CBE.
Boyd has received world-wide acclaim for his novels. His novels and stories have been published around the world and have been translated into over thirty languages. He is also the author of a collection of screenplays and a memoir of his schooldays and three collections of short stories. He also wrote the speculative memoir Nat Tate: an American Artist -- the publication of which, in the spring of 1998, caused something of a stir on both sides of the Atlantic.
He is married and divides his time between London and South West France.
William Boyd Bibliography
A Good Man in Africa
- On the Yankee Station and Other Stories
- In Ice-Cream War
- Stars and Bars
- School Ties
- The New Confessions
- Brazzaville Beach
- The Blue Afternoon
- The Destiny of Nathalie "X" and Other Stories
- Any Human Heart
- The Dream Lover Short Stories
- Nat Tate An American Artist: 1928-1960
- Ordinary Thunderstorms
- Waiting For Sunrise
- Sweet Caress
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William Boyd Awards
- A Good Man in Africa - 1981 winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize
- An Ice Cream War - 1982 winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
- Stars and Bars - 1984 winner of the McVitie Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize
- The New Confessions - 1987 winner of the McVitie Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize
- Brazzaville Beach - 1990 winner of the McVitie Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize
- The Blue Afternoon - 1993 winner of the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction in 1995
- Any Human Heart - 2002 winner of the Prix Jean Monnet
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