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The Dreams Of Bethany Mellmoth Paperback – 18 Jun 2018

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Boyd shows why he's so often compared to Graham Greene.... brilliant and bewitching collection of stories (Financial Times)

Like stealing badges, like shucking oysters, once you have one of these stories you can't stop. Lights out was after midnight (Times)

Clever and, yes, cinematic (Observer)

The stories, as is often the case with Boyd, are packed with characters whose lives are upended by random upheavals (Sunday Times)

Unfailingly amusing and clever (Guardian)

In a 2008 essay, Boyd explained that writing short stories gives him a welcome chance "to change habits, to experiment, to take risks, to try out different voices". And in the best stories here, it's a chance he takes full advantage of, serving up an impressive variety of settings and protagonists (Daily Telegraph)

Highly entertaining (Mail on Sunday)

Boyd is dependably a master of what's most true: an always elegant realist whose characters will get under your skin (GQ)

No one charts the highs and lows of the human condition like Boyd (Red)

A riveting short story collection from one of the best (Woman & Home)

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The dazzling new book from one of Britain's best-selling novelists.

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Kirk McElhearn
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag. Some good, some bad.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable short stories
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2017
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2017
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 December 2017
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3.0 out of 5 stars By William Boyd's standardes, a diappointment
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GeordieReader
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn’t engage me on any level
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 June 2018
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Bing
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief and to the point
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2018
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Peter Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read ..
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John K
4.0 out of 5 stars First and last stories were the best, Bethany Mellmoth was rather a let down
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 July 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brought as a present - they liked it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2018
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phoebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, beautifully written
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2018
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor and Misleading
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 June 2018
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Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best in my opinion.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 September 2018
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