Any Human Heart by William Boyd

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William Boyd’s masterful new novel tells, in a series of intimate journals, the story of Logan Mountstuart—writer, lover, art dealer, spy—as he makes his often precarious way through the twentieth century.


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About William Boyd

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William Boyd's first novel, A Good Man in Africa, won a Whitbread Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award; his second, An Ice-Cream War, was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and The Blue Afternoon won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction. Boyd lives in London.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 516 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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But in the meantime he works for British Naval Intelligence under Ian Fleming, goes to the Bahamas to observe suspicious behavior by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, spends time in a Swiss POW camp, lives down and out in London, becomes involved with the murderous German Baader-Meinhof terrorist ...

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This Masterpiece Classic series on PBS follows a writer in devolution through the 20th century, dealing with famous people and events.

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The Guardian

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In Any Human Heart, William Boyd has allowed his narrator, Logan Mountstuart, to be addicted to name-dropping - and all in the good cause of historical documentation.

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The novelist was asked whether he had closely planned this novel, whose purpose was to mimic through a journal life's lack of shape.

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Sometimes – quite a lot recently – you say there's too much music on TV programmes.

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The story I wrote - an account of a fleeting, doomed love affair on a journey south through France - was in journal form and was tonally close to Connolly's journals (self-obsessed, lyrical, hedonistic), but I had decided to christen the author Logan Mountstuart.

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The Guardian

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Any Human Heart William Boyd Hamish Hamilton £17.99, pp503 In 1998, William Boyd pulled off a famous little hoax.

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Any Human Heart William Boyd 503pp, Hamish Hamilton, £17.99 A quotation from Henry James furnishes the title of William Boyd's new novel: "Never say you know the last word about any human heart."

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Book Reporter

William Boyd's latest novel, ANY HUMAN HEART, focuses on the life of Logan Mountstuart --- a writer, friend, lover and world traveler.

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Los Angeles Times

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Based on William Boyd's 2002 novel "Any Human Heart: The Intimate Journals of Logan Mountstuart," the miniseries follows the life of a literary everyman from his college days to his death at 86, during which he experiences much of the 20th century and morphs from ambitious student-writer (when he...

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The Telegraph

Related Articles Gillian Anderson: 'don't box me in' More convincing were Logan’s run-ins with the great and the good – another recurring theme – who last night included a hard-drinking Hemingway, a suave Ian Fleming and, best of all, the...

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Suite 101

Will is a loner and happy to be so but even he cannot fail to be touched and affected when weird kid, Marcus enters his life.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Celebrated writer William BoydÕs best-selling novel Any Human Heart is adapted as a stunning MASTERPIECE miniseries about a man Ñ at various times a writer, lover, prisoner of war and spy Ñ making his often precarious way through the 20th century.

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London Review of Books

a fair amount of what Mosley says, in the current climate, can’t be dismissed as fanaticism or bombast – he’s no Mussolini.’ And then there’s Munich: ‘Hitler doesn’t want war .

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The Pacific Northwest Inlander

The Scottish writer William Boyd once borrowed a quote from Henry James — “Never say you know the last word about Any Human Heart” — and crafted an entire fictional life out of it.

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