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Trio Hardcover – 19 January 2021

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  • Publisher : Knopf Publishing Group (19 January 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0593318234
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0593318232
  • Dimensions : 16.26 x 3.3 x 24.38 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 1,434 ratings

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"Trio is a rollicking escape from today's soul-crushing social and political turmoil."
--Ellen Akins, Washington Post

"Boyd winks at the idiosyncrasies and vulgarities specific to each character's métier, and at the precarious process of artistic creation . . . This novel proceeds at a brisk clip . . . With tart humor."
--The New Yorker

"A ton of fun . . . Trio, with its wickedly accurate period detail and darkly wayward farce, is Boyd at his most entertaining."
--Boston Globe

"A meticulously crafted tale . . . Boyd's narrative gifts and film experience blend harmoniously in Trio . . . These include crisp pacing, cliffhanger chapter endings, colorful characters defined by action, and a narrative dominated by lively scenes . . . Among the richest of the novel's many pleasures are [the] minor characters, including some irresistibly vain and grasping thespians . . . Boyd's fast-paced blend of comedy and tragedy, written with his usual brio, is richly imagined, thick with physical and emotional detail, and deeply satisfying . . . The author's skills are such that, when we finally fade to black, the audience regrets only that the show wasn't longer."
--Wall Street Journal

"It would be hard to think of a living novelist whose books encompass more history, more settings, more professions, more varieties of individual fate, than William Boyd--at least with anything like his assurance . . . For readers who go to fiction for the pleasures of panoramic sweep, elaborate plotting, and the company of a humane, genial intelligence, he has become one of the preferred masters . . . More than just a clever authorial performance, the structure underpins a sustained preoccupation with the tension between fate and chance, art and accident, script and improvisation. For every turn of events, the story ingeniously suggests a multitude of other outcomes that might have occurred instead."
--New York Times Book Review

"A darkly hilarious novel of style and rapier wit . . . Fast-paced and expertly written, Trio is a brilliant comedy of manners that dances back and forth between the complicated inner and outer lives of its characters . . . The result is a story that instantly pulled this reader in and kept her there, delighted by Boyd's ingenuity, sophistication, and unforgettable characters."
--Avenue Magazine

"Boyd is an exquisite stylist, and his tragicomic novel is a sublime escape . . . Filled with outlandish and amusing characters . . . Boyd expertly unfolds his characters' stories."
--Publishers Weekly

"Delicious . . . In addition to the [titular trio], a slew of other interesting characters fills out the corners of the novel, giving it the feel of one of Robert Altman's high-spirited ensemble films of this era. Boyd deftly juggles serious and comedic elements."
--Kirkus Reviews

"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."
--The Guardian

"An elating read."
--The Sunday Times

"Trio is a delight, one of Boyd's best novels . . . What a pleasure it is to read a novel by an author who not only knows what he is doing and how to bring it off, but also remembers that people mostly read novels for enjoyment . . . Boyd is a master-craftsman . . . It is a juggling act and he doesn't drop a single ball. Trio is a comic novel but one which is rich enough to admit sadness . . . Boyd moves from one register to another without striking a false note."
--The Scotsman

"Entertaining . . . Brilliantly drawn . . . Beautifully captures the chaos and exhilaration of a shambolic film set . . . Boyd's funniest book in years."

"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."
--Financial Times

"Boyd's sublime gift for characterisation is given full flow in this pacy, utter treat of a novel."

"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."

"A lavishly plotted page-turner which oozes '60s cool."

"Reading William Boyd's Trio is like shrugging on a favourite worn leather jacket on the first brisk morning of autumn: cosy but cool."
--The Times

"What could be more reassuring in troubling times than a new William Boyd? Boyd, one of Britain's best-loved writers, is known for intelligent and elegant character-driven books. Trio is cast from the same mould--with added larkiness . . . Trio is immensely readable, its descriptions full of light and colour, its humour spot on, its mood a perfect mix of frolicsome and melancholy."
--Sunday Telegraph

"Entertainingly vivid . . . William Boyd is one of our best contemporary storytellers . . . Trio embraces comedy, tragedy, and redemption. It succeeds impressively because of its dramatic, often sensational, revelations."
--The Spectator

"Boyd has written comic novels, thrillers, thoughtful character studies, and fiction that ponders the 20th century's great turning points. Now, with Trio, he combines all the above into a feast of storytelling crammed with delicious plots and subplots . . . Like the old pro he is, Boyd handles it with total aplomb, somehow keeping the pace both brisk and unhurried, as he heads towards a conclusion that binds the various threads together in a wholly satisfying way."
--Reader's Digest

"Boyd evokes the porn, prescription drugs, and private investigators of the age with grace, an ingenious structure, and characters who surprise us almost as much as they surprise themselves."
--Mail on Sunday

"The characters are wonderfully written and I loved escaping to the gossipy world of the film set."
--Good Housekeeping (Book of the Month)

"A diverting read that's by turns raucous, charming, and eccentric."

"Boyd has always been a storyteller first and foremost and he gets to work on the characters' stories with invisible skill and humour laced with poignancy."
--New Statesman

"A novel as charming as it is satisfying, a pleasure to read . . . The whole thing purrs along with such effortlessness that you are barely aware of the engine working underneath. There is much attention to period detail, a lovely portrait of the '60s British film world, and Boyd's characters live breathe, and bruise vividly . . . And it confirms, once again, that Boyd, long a consummate storyteller, still has it."

"The gentle, witty story includes genuinely heartbreaking moments and brilliantly captures the spirit of an era when change was in the air."
--Sunday Mirror

"Engrossing . . . An intelligent, entertaining, and layered read."
--The Arts Desk

"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

"Enormous fun . . . Boyd's characters are vibrant, his prose elegant, comedy excellent: the result is a book that's compassionate and compelling."

About the Author

WILLIAM BOYD was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana, and grew up there and in Nigeria. He is the award-winning author of sixteen highly acclaimed novels and five collections of stories. He divides his time between London and France.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, as ever, if not the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another very entertaining novel from William Boyd. Not his best, but still very good.
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