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‘Love Is Blind’ by William Boyd

September 13th, 2018

WHO: William Boyd


WHEN: Published by Knopf October 11, 2018

WHERE: The author lives in London and France.

WHY: “Masterly.
“Set during the heady times at the turn of the 20th century, this meditation on the nature of love features Scottish piano tuner Brodie Moncur. The enterprising young Brodie is appointed assistant manager of Channon & Company’s piano shop in Paris. There he becomes indispensable to the business, drawing the ire of the owner’s profligate scion. One of Brodie’s ideas is to increase sales by enticing famous pianists to use Channon pianos, and he successfully recruits John Kilbarron, the Irish Liszt. Thus he meets Lika Blum, Kilbarron’s erstwhile lover, and launches into a torrid affair with her as he’s drawn into Kilbarron’s inner circle. Learning that he suffers from tuberculosis and is wrongly accused os stealing from Channon, Brodie then begins a series of ever-widening travels in pursuit of both Lika and a better climate to treat his illness. When Kilbarron discovers Brodie’s and Lika’s betrayal, high drama ensues.
“Reading this masterly novel from Boyd is like easing into a comfortable prose chair. The language, story, and setting all converge in a richly satisfying human drama.”
—Henry Bankheard, in a starred review for LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Lively…This man-on-the-run tale is strangely ageless and very entertaining.”

“Immersive…Boyd’s storytelling abilities are beyond dispute and are clearly on display in this latest tale.” –KIRKUS REVIEWS

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Knopf. 369 pages. $26.95
ISBN 978-0-525-65526-8

To interview the author, contact:
Katie Schoder | 212-572-2103 |