William Boyd


Summer secrets in swinging sixties Brighton


ISBN: 9780241295953

Published October 2020

352 pages


Few writers have so consistently delivered utterly believable characters and a true sense of place and time, all wrapped up in engrossing plots. The novel hurries us at thriller pace but Boyd expertly leaves us guessing to the last, and there is charm and wit as ever in his description of the eccentric world of British film in the 1960’s plots. – Jack, Daunt Books Marylebone


It is summer in 1968, the year of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. While the world is reeling our trio is involved in making a rackety Swingin’ Sixties British movie in sunny Brighton. All are leading secret lives.

As the film is shot, with its usual drastic ups and downs, so does our trio’s private, secret world begin to take over their public one. Pressures build inexorably – someone’s going to crack. Or maybe they all will.

From one of Britain’s bestselling writers comes an exhilarating, tender novel that asks the vital questions: what makes life worth living? And what do you do if you find it isn’t?



“What could be more reassuring in troubling times than a new William Boyd novel? Trio is immensely readable, its descriptions full of light and colour, its humour spot on, its mood a perfect mix of frolicsome and melancholy” – Sunday Telegraph

“Reading William Boyd’s Trio is like shrugging on a worn leather jacket on the first brisk morning of autumn: cosy but cool . . . He has enormous fun with the worlds – and egos – of page and screen” – The Times

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 24 × 5 × 15 cm