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Recent books

Sweet Caress by William Boyd (November 2015)

The Story of a woman - The story of a century

Amory's first memory is of her father doing a handstand but it is his absences she chiefly remembers.  Her uncle Greville supplies the emotional bond she needs, and when he gives her a camera, unleashes a passion that will irrevocably shape her future.

Over the years, Amory's search for life, love and artistic expression will take her to the demi monde of late 1920s Berlin, New York of the 1930s, the Blackshirt riots in London and to France in the Second World War, where she becomes one of the first women war photographers, collecting lovers, husbands and children, pursuing her dreams and battling her demons.

In this enthralling story of a life fully lived, William Boyd has created a sweeping panorama of some of the most defining moments of modern history, told through the camera lens of one unforgettable woman, Amory Clay.

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