Author(s): William Boyd
What is the devastating effect on your life when, through no fault of your own, you lose everything - home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, money, credit cards, mobile phone - and you can never get them back? This is what happens to a young man called Adam Kindred, one May evening in Chelsea, London, when a freakish series of malign accidents and a split-second decision turns his life upside down forever.
The police are searching for him. There is a reward for his capture. A hired killer is stalking him. He is alone and anonymous in the huge, pitiless modern city. Adam has nowhere to go buy down - underground. He decides to join that vast army of the disappeared and the missing that throng the lowest level of London's populations as he tries to figure out what to do with his life and struggles to understand the forces that have made it unravel so spectacularly. His quest will take him all along the River Thames, from affluent Chelsea to the sink estates of the East End, and on the way he encounters all manner of London's denizens - aristocrats, prostitutes, priests and policewomen amongst them - and version after new version of himself.
William Boyd's electric follow up to Restless is a heart-in-mouth conspiracy novel about the fragility of social identity, the scandal of big business, and the secrets that lie hidden in the filthy underbelly of every city.
2009. A trade paperback copy in very good condition.
Richard & Judy bestseller Restless has sold over 400,000 copies to date and won the Costa Novel of the Year Award William Boyd, multi-award-winning author of Restless and Any Human Heart, reveals London's seedy underbelly in a Dickensian look at the casualties of modern urban life To be launched with a major consumer marketing campaign including outdoor advertising, guerrilla poster campaign, sampler drops and major online presence including a film trailer and author interview
PRAISE FOR RESTLESS: 'Boyd is English fiction's master storyteller ... Restless is that rare thing: a spy thriller from a first-rate narrative intelligence' Independent 'A good, rollicking read ... pulls you deep in to the obscure, forgotten intricacies of wartime espionage ... will keep you turning pages until the end' Observer 'Fast moving, densely plotted, beautifully observed and probably one of the best things Boyd has done' Esquirer
William Boyd is the author of nine novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year.