William Boyd is one of our finest writers, author of fourteen novels including A Good Man in Africa, Any Human Heart, Restless, Waiting for Sunrise and, recently, Solo, a James Bond novel. His books have won many awards and have been made into acclaimed TV series and films. His new novel is Sweet Caress, about Amory, a woman of the twentieth century.
Amory’s first memory is of her father doing a handstand but it is his absences she chiefly remembers. Her uncle Greville supplies the emotional bond she needs, and when he gives her a camera, unleashes a passion that will irrevocably shape her future.
Over the years, Amory’s search for life, love and artistic expression will take her to the demi monde of late 1920s Berlin, New York of the 1930s, the Blackshirt riots in London and to France in the Second World War, where she becomes one of the first women war photographers, collecting lovers, husbands and children, pursuing her dreams and battling her demons.