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Trio
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Trio

By William Boyd
336 pages
Hardcover
January 2021

 

A rollicking novel with a dark undertow, set around three unforgettable individuals and a doomed movie set.

A producer. A novelist. An actress. It's summer 1968--a time of war and assassinations, protests and riots. While the world is reeling, our trio is involved in making a disaster-plagued, Swingin' Sixties British movie in sunny Brighton. All are leading secret lives. As the movie shoot zigs and zags, these layers of secrets become increasingly more untenable. Pressures build inexorably. The FBI and CIA get involved. Someone is going to crack--or maybe they all will. From one of Britain's best loved writers comes an exhilarating, tender novel--by turns hilarious and heartbreaking--that asks the vital questions: What makes life worth living? And what do you do if you find it isn't?

“The most accomplished novel I have read in a long while . . . Superbly wry and wise and funny and truthful . . . Boyd is a highly accomplished writer and Trio is a masterclass in artistic technique . . . Boyd pays as much detailed attention to minor characters as Flaubert himself . . . The balance of plot movement and interiority is also perfectly calibrated . . . Meanwhile everything is laced with an understated but refreshingly sophisticated wit . . . There are many literary amusements to be found in these pages, too . . . No wonder Boyd’s reputation is assured.”
—Edward Docx, The Guardian

“An elating read.”
—Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times 


“Entertaining . . . Brilliantly drawn . . . Beautifully captures the chaos and exhilaration of a shambolic film set . . . Boyd’s funniest book in years.”
—Alexander Larman, Observer
 
“Boyd’s prose is as fluent as ever, but it’s the ideas pulsing beneath the surface of the story that distinguish Trio . . . Trio is affecting as a subtle exploration of the relationship between individuals and history and as a depiction of characters who are searching for the things that make life worth living.”
—Max Liu, Financial Times
 
“Boyd’s sublime gift for characterisation is given full flow in this pacy, utter treat of a novel.”
—Marianne Jones, Telegraph
 
“Boyd keeps the plot racing along, yet for all the twists, the real delight is in his wry portrait of a bygone age . . . Boyd’s usual sure touch is evident throughout this tender, gently comic work.”
—Martin Chilton, Independent
 
“Reading William Boyd’s Trio is like shrugging on a favourite worn leather jacket on the first brisk morning of autumn: cosy but cool.”
—Laura Freeman, The Times
 

“Absorbing . . . The story is made up of a series of dramas that can be read as separate if intertwined tales or as components in a satisfying whole. In Trio, in other words, three is never a crowd.”
The Economist


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