William Boyd

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  • Juan F. Elices

In 1983, Bill Buford, editor of Granta, devoted its seventh issue to present a record of some of the most promising young British novelists, among whom were authors that are now solidly consolidated in the British letters: Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Kazuo Ishiguro, Graham Swift, Rose Tremain, Caryl Phillips and William Boyd himself. Although Boyd had only published two novels by that time – A Good Man in Africa and An Ice-Cream War – and a collection of short stories – On the Yankee Station (1983) – he was already a recognised writer, winner of the Whitbread Literary Award and the Somerset Maugham Award for A Good Man in Africa and the John Llewellyn Rhys …

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Elices , Juan F.. "William Boyd". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 April 2010
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Articles on Boyd's works

  1. A Good Man in Africa