William Boyd is a brilliant storyteller. His novels are always entertaining and surprising and so satisfying! My first introduction to him was through his book Any Human Heart. His latest The Romantic tells the story of Cashel Greville Ross, born in 1799 who travels the world experiencing an incredible array of tragedies and good fortune. He is a soldier, farmer, a prisoner, a writer, a father and lover. We find him in Ireland, France, Zanzibar, Massachusetts and Italy. So cleverly put together – hard to put down!

By the same author: Too many to list but I loved Any Human Heart, Restless, Waiting For Sunrise, Ordinary Thunderstorms, Love is Blind and Sweet Caress.