Set in the summer of 1968, the backdrop to William Boyd’s new novel Trio is one of dramatic international and political news: the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, riots in Paris and war in Vietnam.
In Brighton, by contrast, the sun is shining and our three main characters – a novelist, a producer and an actress – are making a film about the Swinging ‘Sixties.
Each, however, has a secret life: Elfrida is drowning her writer’s block in vodka; Talbot, coping with the daily dysfunction of making a film, is hiding something in a secret apartment; and the glamorous Anny is wondering why the CIA is suddenly so interested in her.
Whilst ‘the show must go on’ in public, these private worlds will eventually reach boiling point.
One of our best contemporary novelists, William Boyd expertly brings his fictional world – and its psychological tension – to life. And, as Francesca Carrington noted in her Telegraph review,
Trio is immensely readable, its descriptions full of light and colour, its humour spot on, its mood a perfect mix of frolicsome and melancholy.
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