WILLIAM BOYD, ONE OF BRITAIN’S BEST-LOVED WRITERS, VISITS US IN EDINBURGH FOR THIS FIRST TIME THIS AUTUMN TO TALK ABOUT HIS NEW NOVEL _THE ROMANTIC_, AN INTIMATE YET PANORAMIC STORY SET ACROSS THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.
Boyd was born in 1952 in 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.
_SOLDIER. FARMER. FELON. WRITER. FATHER. LOVER._
_ONE MAN, MANY LIVES._
_Born in 1799, Cashel Greville Ross experiences myriad lives: joyous and devastating, years of luck and unexpected loss._
_Moving from County Cork to London, from Waterloo to Zanzibar, Cashel seeks his fortune across continents in war and in peace. 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. As he travels the world as a soldier, a farmer, a felon, a writer, a father, a lover, he experiences all the vicissitudes of life and, through the accelerating turbulence of the nineteenth century, he discovers who he truly is._
THIS IS THE ROMANCE OF LIFE ITSELF, AND THE BEATING HEART OF _THE ROMANTIC. _WE DO HOPE YOU’LL JOIN US FOR A CHANCE TO LISTEN TO A BRILLIANT LITERARY FIGURE TALK ABOUT HIS WORK.
_‘There are few reading pleasures as great as giving in to a William Boyd novel’_ ~ _Sunday Times_
_‘Simply the best realistic storyteller of his generation’_ ~ Sebastian Faulks