In this new collection of short stories, William Boyd writes with the leisurely confidence of an author who has earned the right to take his foot off the gas. With a score of novels under his belt and a clutch of awards, Boyd is the kind of established name who gets big, commercial commissions; he wrote a James Bond novel in 2013, and one of the stories here, “The Vanishing Game: an Adventure…” was originally written for Land Rover. The book focuses largely on a wealthy set of west Londoners – art dealers and artists, film directors and actors – and although Boyd teases a little at their creative pretensions, he stops short of skewering them.

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AuthorAlice O'Keeffe