Daunt Books Festival 2019

The Many Fictions of William Boyd


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Friday 15th March 2019 at 7:00pm  |  Daunt Books Marylebone



This year we end the Festival with a very special double-length event: we’re thrilled to welcome William Boyd’s One-Man Show: The Many Fictions of William Boyd.

Tickets are £20, includes wine and a tasty snack.

William Boyd takes to the stage – alone – to talk about his life as a creator of many fictions, beginning with the publication of his first novel, A Good Man in Africa in 1981 and ending with an exclusive reading from his latest novel, Love is Blind.

Boyd has written fifteen novels – published around the world and translated into some three dozen languages – four collections of short stories, the screenplays for seventeen films and television mini-series and three produced plays. That’s a lot of fiction for one man and Boyd relates the stories and struggles that have ensued in this long and lively career. Stories that not only include the inspiration for some of his most famous novels – Brazzaville Beach, Any Human Heart and Sweet Caress, to name but three – but also other matters arising from the business of writing for a living and living for writing. Such as – an eleven-year lawsuit against his French publisher (for theft), the particular problems of trying to write a James Bond novel, and – perhaps the most perplexing of the many fictions Boyd has created – the history of his collaboration with David Bowie in the evolution of the entirely made-up American artist Nat Tate (1928-1960) and the art-world hoax that followed.

Expect a creatively intriguing and revelatory encounter – and William Boyd, the real one, will definitely be there.

The event starts at 7pm and there will be a 15 minute interval at 7.45pm. The event ends at approximately 8.45pm with an opportunity for books to be signed.

We are grateful for the support of Howard de Walden for the Daunt Books Festival and their particular sponsorship of this event.


This event is part of the Daunt Books Festival 2019.
The event will start at 
19:00 and end at approximately 20:45.

Can’t make the talk?
You can buy a signed copy of William Boyd’s Love is Blind here.
Please note, these will only be sent out once the talk has taken place.

Event Details

Friday 15th March at 7:00pm
Event takes place at Daunt Books Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW.
Please collect your tickets at the venue.