The Romantic

by William Boyd

£20.00

Fiction

Hardback

9780241542026

Published by Penguin Books Ltd

Published October 2022

Books > Fiction

A new “whole life” novel from William Boyd, the author of Any Human Heart.

Set in the 19th century, the novel follows the roller-coaster fortunes of a man as he tries to negotiate the random stages, adventures and vicissitudes of his life. He is variously a soldier, a lover, a husband, a father, a friend of famous poets, a writer, a bankrupt, a jailbird, a farmer, an African explorer – and many other manifestations – before, finally, he becomes a minor diplomat, a consul based in Trieste (then in Austria-Hungary) where he thinks he will see out the end of his days in well-deserved tranquillity. This will not come to pass…

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