A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs – seeking only stolen kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life.
A couple charts the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the centre of the book, a 24-year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery.
‘The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth’ depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface; the impulsive decisions that irrevocably shape a life; and the endless hesitations and loss-of-nerve that wickedly complicate it.
William Boyd is a Scottish novelist and screenwriter. In August 2014 Boyd was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September’s referendum on that issue.