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09 November 2017 | by Piers Paul Read

Devastating scrutiny: at 65, William Boyd retains his style and wit

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Back in the autumn of 1981, I was asked to review a volume of short ­stories by the 29-year-old William Boyd, which I commended for the precise observation, the wit, the style. Now, 36 years later, we have the 65-year-old Boyd’s fifth collection of short stories, The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth. They are quite brilliant.





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