When Amory Clay was born, in the decade before the Great War, her disappointed father gave her an androgynous name and announced the birth of a son. But this daughter was not one to let others define her; Amory became a woman who accepted no limits to what that could mean, and, from the time she picked up her first camera, one who would record her own version of events.
Moving freely between London and New York, between photojournalism and fashion photography, and between the men who love her on complicated terms, Amory establishes her reputation as a risk taker and a passionate life traveler. Her hunger for experience draws her to the decadence of Weimar Berlin and the violence of London's blackshirt riots, to the Rhineland with Allied troops and into the political tangle of war-torn Vietnam. In her ambitious career, the seminal moments of the 20th century will become the unforgettable moments of her own biography, as well.
In Sweet Caress, Amory Clay comes wondrously to life, her vibrant personality enveloping the reader from the start. And, running through the novel, her photographs over the decades allow us to experience this vast story not only with Amory's voice but with her vision. William Boyd's Sweet Caress captures an entire lifetime unforgettably within its pages. It captivates.
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William Boyd is the author of thirteen previous 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.
“One of the very best prose stylists and storytellers in the English language.” ―The Atlantic
"This gutsy epic is teeming with memorable characters and delicious period details." ―Mail on Sunday
"This tale of a trailblazing female war photographer is clever, inventive and more than the sum of its parts." ―Fiona Wilson, The Times
“Superbly written . . . One of the most smoothly readable novels of the year.” ―The Chicago Tribune on Restless
“Its pleasures are countless . . . Supremely entertaining.” ―The 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.” ―The New York Times Book Review, on Waiting for Sunrise
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Description du livre Bloomsbury, 2015. État : New. William Boyd's novel tells the life story of Amory Clay, whose career as a photographer starts in 1920s London and Berlin, moves to New York in the 1930s, through the Second World War as a war photographer, then on to other wars, lovers, husbands and children. N° de réf. du libraire 224501
Description du livre Bloomsbury. 1 Cloth(s), 2015. hard. État : New. The winner of the Whitbread and the Somerset Maugham Awards and the John Llewellyn Rhys and James Tait Black Memorial Prizes for such books as A Good Man in Africa, An Ice-Cream War, and Brazzaville Beach, William Boyd here gives us a sweeping panorama of defining moments in the 20th century, seen through the camera of one unforgettable woman. Amory Clay's first memory is of her father doing a handstand, on leave from World War I, though his absences are what she chiefly remembers. It is her uncle Greville who teaches her photography, and sets her on a path that includes the demimonde of late 1920s Berlin, New York in the 30s, Blackshirt riots in London, and France in World War II, where Amory becomes one of the first women war photographers. "An utterly compelling read. The effect of Amory is that of an interesting woman with a life well-lived, who is not content to sit back and be beautiful as an adored wife or mistress. She grasps every opportunity with both hands, wherever it leads her. Not a bad epitaph, and a tribute to Boyd's skill that we miss her like a friend when we, and she, reach the end."—Independent (London)"A rattling good 'what will happen next?' story and, on another level, a meditation, in fiction, on women and the lens. 'Caress' is just the right word for the feel of this novel. Boyd deals with heavy themes with the lightest touch."—Times (London)"Boyd is a gifted storyteller. This is his fourth novel with a female protagonist and depicts every stage of Amory's life—from first kisses and teenage passions through to the pain of infertility—so convincingly that I have to remind myself it's written by a man."—Sunday Times Ireland 447. N° de réf. du libraire 71825
Description du livre Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) 2015-08-27, London, 2015. hardback. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire 9781408867976
Description du livre Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2015. État : New. Num Pages: 464 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 165 x 242 x 42. Weight in Grams: 826. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . . N° de réf. du libraire V9781408867976
Description du livre Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Hardback. État : new. BRAND NEW, Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Amory Clay, William Boyd, Amory's first memory is of her father doing a handstand. 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, and, 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, living in his flat in Kensington, earning two pounds a week photographing socialites for fashionable magazines. 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 1920s, to New York of the 1930s, 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, 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. N° de réf. du libraire B9781408867976
Description du livre Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. État : New. Num Pages: 464 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 165 x 242 x 42. Weight in Grams: 826. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. N° de réf. du libraire V9781408867976
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