The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth
A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs - seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the heart of the book, a 24-year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery.The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface; the impulsive decisions that irrevocably shape a life; and the endless hesitations and loss-of-nerve that wickedly complicate it. These funny, surprising and moving stories are a resounding confirmation of Boyd's powers as one of our most original and compelling storytellers.
He has probably written more classic books than any of his contemporaries * Daily Telegraph * Boyd is a brilliant novelist * Observer * William Boyd is a gifted chronicler of lives both enigmatic and artistic * Mail on Sunday * One of Britain's best and best-loved storytellers * Sunday Express * Boyd deals with heavy themes with the lightest touch. We're lucky to have him writing for us -- John Sutherland * The Times * Boyd is a gifted and intelligent story-teller -- Amanda Craig * Independent on Sunday * Boyd is as good as ever at capturing time and place, and at blurring the line between fact and fiction. A highly enjoyable read * Daily Telegraph on 'Sweet Caress' *