Any Human Heart

Any Human Heart : A BBC Two Between the Covers pick

4.28 (19,514 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.28 (19,514 ratings by Goodreads)
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'Superb, wonderful, enjoyable' Guardian

'Full of delights' The Times

Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, and Logan Mountstuart's - stretching across the twentieth century - is a rich tapestry of both. As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war, and as an art-dealer in '60s New York, Logan mixes with the men and women who shape his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness. Here, then, is the story of a life lived to the full - and a journey deep into a very human heart.

'A work of astonishing ventriloquistic virtuosity... brilliant' Sunday Telegraph

'Wise, profound and moving' William Sutcliffe, Independent on Sunday

'A terrific journey through the 20th century. Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable' Guardian

'Astounding. One of Boyd's greatest achievements... A pleasure' Mail on Sunday

'Generous, witty, sneakily profound' Evening Standard

'The pleasures are endless... Supremely entertaining' Washington Post

'A fabulous book all about life. I think of Any Human Heart often - the sign of a truly great book' Fi Glover, New Statesman
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 31mm | 362g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reiss.
  • 0141044179
  • 9780141044170
  • 16,211

Review quote

'A terrific journey through the twentieth century. Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable' - Jeremy Paxman 'Wise, profound and moving. Only the very best novels make you look at your own life and imagine your own future with fresh eyes' - William Sutcliffe, Independent on Sunday 'Superb, wonderful, enjoyable' Guardian 'Sheer, truly brilliant storytelling. He has probably written more classic books than any of his contemporaries' Daily Telegraph 'Astonishing, touching, extremely funny. A brilliant evocation of a past era and an immensely readable story' Sunday Telegraph 'Astounding. One of Boyd's greatest achievements' Mail on Sunday
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About William Boyd

William Boyd was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana, and grew up there and in Nigeria. He is the author of sixteen highly acclaimed, bestselling novels and five collections of stories. He is married and divides his time between London and south-west France. His most recent novel, Trio, was a Sunday Times bestseller.
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Rating details

19,514 ratings
4.28 out of 5 stars
5 49% (9,617)
4 35% (6,735)
3 12% (2,383)
2 3% (591)
1 1% (188)

Our customer reviews

At first I found this book hard to get in to , but after about two chapters I could not put it down, the journey that the main character takes you on is so entertaining and yet in a way just an 'ordinary' life. I highly recommend this book....I borrowed it off a friend but want to own it so I can lend it. If you are interested in 20th Century events you will enjoy Logan Mountstuart's brushes with contemporary figures (almost Forrest Gumpish!) but you will also like this if you just enjoy a good story about human relationships. I should also mention it's really funny!show more
by Lorito
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