William Boyd – The Romantic | How To Academy



Wed, 12 October 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

William Boyd – The Romantic

In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

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The hugely acclaimed author of Any Human Heart and Restless joins us to reveal a new tale of war and peace, love and loss – and above all things, the romance of life itself.

 ‘There are few reading pleasures as great as giving in to a William Boyd novel’- Sunday Times

The author of sixteen novels, as well as a screenwriter, playwright – and, on one unforgettable occasion, the mastermind of a spectacular art world hoax – William Boyd is ‘simply the best realistic storyteller of his generation’ (Sebastian Faulks).

Born in Ghana and raised in Nigeria, his stories are panoramic in scope, breathtaking in their ambition, and rich with insight into the human condition: in other words, irresistible to lovers of great literature.

He joins us to reveal The Romantic, a new novel transporting us from County Cork to London, Waterloo to Zanzibar, in the company of Cashel Greville Ross: soldier, farmer, felon, writer, father and lover. He faces a terrible moral choice in a village in Sri Lanka as part of the East Indian Army. He enters the world of the Romantic Poets in Pisa. In Ravenna he meets a woman who will live in his heart for the rest of his days. He experiences all the vicissitudes of life and, through the accelerating turbulence of the nineteenth century, he discovers who he truly is.

Praise for the novels of William Boyd:

‘Boyd seems singularly blessed with both an innate love of storytelling and the talent to render those stories in swift, confident prose.’ – New York Times

‘One of our best contemporary storytellers’ – Spectator

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William Boyd

Award-Winning Novelist

William Boyd was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana, and grew up there and in Nigeria. He is the author of sixteen highly acclaimed, bestselling novels and five collections of stories, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Literary 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; and Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year, the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year and a Richard & Judy selection. He is married and divides his time between London and south-west France. His most recent novel, Trio, was a Sunday Times bestseller.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.