William Boyd: In the mind of a spy

A major literary title to kick off the autumn season will be William Boyd's ninth novel. It is his first with Bloomsbury, and the publisher is planning a major marketing and publicity campaign including a 10-city tour.

Restless, set in the long, hot summer of 1976, is Boyd's own subtle version of the spy thriller, told--as so often in his work--by female narrators.

A young woman, Ruth Gilmartin, discovers that everything she knows about the life of her very English mother, Sally, has been a fabrication. Sally Gilmartin is in truth Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian emigrée and former Second Wor...

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