'The ultimate in immersive fiction . . . magnificent' Sunday Times
'Highly readable, entirely engaging and frequently funny' Observer
'Perfectly pitched . . . A deft and resonant alchemy of fact and fiction, of literary myth and imagination' Guardian Book of the Week
Around the turn of the twentieth century young pianist Brodie Moncur quits Edinburgh's slate skies for the lights of Paris, his preacher father's words of denunciation ringing in his ears. There he joins forces with the fiery Irish virtuoso John Kilbarron and together the pair take Europe by storm.
But when he falls for Kilbarron's lover - the mesmerizing Russian soprano Lika Blum - Brodie quickly realizes that the tide has turned and he must flee across a continent, haunted by his love for Lika, and pursued by the vengeful wrath of his rival.
'A giddying read . . . his most immersive historical novel to date' Daily Telegraph
'Elegant and affecting. A racing fin-de-siècle romance' The Times
'Boyd's talents as a rollicking storytelling [are] full on display in this historical blockbuster' Metro
Boyd on form is the ultimate in immersive fiction, and Love is Blind is Boyd at the top of his game . . . magnificent
Boyd is back on a form few of his contemporaries can match. This fine, touching and clever book is the best thing he's written since [Any Human Heart] and deserves similar adulation
The book begins and continues at a cracking pace - or perhaps a cinematic stride - with scenes, scenarios, set-pieces and minor characters aplenty, all of which and all of whom might easily detain another writer for an entire book . . . He makes it look easy: he's a pro
Boyd's talents as a rollicking storytelling [are] full on display in this historical blockbuster
A deft and resonant alchemy of fact and fiction, of literary myth and imagination
He has probably written more classic books than any of his contemporaries
Boyd is a brilliant novelist
William Boyd is arguably one of Britain's finest living writers
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Described by Sebastian Faulks as ‘the finest storyteller of his generation’, William Boyd details the secret to keeping readers hooked for over four decades as he speaks to Caroline Sanderson about his life as an author.