Sweet Caress

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Product Number: Z11382
Released: Sep 19, 2015
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ISBN: #9781490694092
Narrator/s: Susan Lyons
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Born into Edwardian England, Amory's first memory is of her father standing on his head. She has memories of him returning on leave during the First World War. But his absences, both actual and emotional, are what she chiefly remembers. It is her photographer uncle Greville who supplies the emotional bond she needs, who, when he gives her a camera and some rudimentary lessons in photography, unleashes a passion that will irrevocably shape her future.A spell at boarding school ends abruptly and Amory begins an apprenticeship with Greville in London, photographing socialites for the magazine Beau Monde. But Amory is hungry for more and her search for life, love, and artistic expression will take her to the demi monde of Berlin of the late '20s, to New York of the '30s, to the blackshirt riots in London, and to France in the Second World War where she becomes one of the first women war photographers. Her desire for experience will lead Amory to further wars, to lovers, husbands, and children as she continues to pursue her dreams and battle her demons. In this enthralling story of a life fully lived, illustrated with "found" period photographs, William Boyd has created a sweeping panorama of some of the most defining moments of modern history, told through the camera lens of one unforgettable woman, Amory Clay. It is his greatest achievement to date. Reviews "One of the very best prose stylists and storytellers in the English language." (The Atlantic) "Superbly written . . . One of the most smoothly readable novels of the year." (Chicago Tribune on Restless) "Its pleasures are countless . . . Supremely entertaining." (Washington Post Book World on Any Human Heart) "Few contemporary writers are able to evoke the ambiance and drama of our recent past as forcefully as Boyd . . . And [his] characters are as beguiling as his prose." (Washington Post Book World on Waiting for Sunrise) Entertaining and seemingly effortless in their fluency, [Boyd's] novels conceal insights into human behavior that are more intricate than may first appear. (Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times Book Review, on Waiting for Sunrise) About the Author William Boyd is the author of eleven novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread 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; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year; Waiting for Sunrise; and, most recently, Solo: A James Bond Novel. William Boyd lives in London and France. www.williamboyd.co.uk

Author(s): William Boyd


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Sweet Caress
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Product Number:Z11382

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Author(s): William Boyd
Narrator(s): Susan Lyons
Product Number C03881
Released: Nov 24, 2015
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ISBN: #9781490694085
Author(s): William Boyd
Narrator(s): Susan Lyons
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Released: Dec 07, 2015
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Author(s): William Boyd
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Released: Feb 23, 2016
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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: #9781632863348

Professional reviews

"This rich mix of fiction and history features photographer Amory Clay. Narrator Susan Lyons convincingly embodies Amory as she recounts her story, which is interwoven with historic moments of the twentieth century. Lyons's perfect narration allows events and their significance to unfold smoothly and ensures that the time shifts remain clear. She voices the upper-class Amory and the expansive cast of other characters with the subtle use of accent and tone to differentiate the key players. Her treatment highlights the complexities of Amory's character, as well as her humanity, which invites the listener's empathy. Listeners are drawn in as they wonder where fact ends and fiction begins. K.J.P. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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