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BOYD, William
A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA
Hamish Hamilton, 1981. First edition. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on publication to fellow novelist, Brian Aldiss and his wife, "For Brian + Margaret with all good wishes from your new neighbor William Boyd 6.Nov.1981" A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper with slightly faded spine. Dustwrapper illustration by Michael MacManus. Boyd moved to Oxford to embark on a DPhil thesis on Shelley and to lecture in English in 1980. In 1981 he moved next door to Aldiss and, "sharing a relish for literary life and white wine, we immediately became friends" - Aldiss (The Twinkling of an Eye). Laid in is a page of notes made by Aldiss as he read the book, mainly mildly crictical with the odd word of praise: "92 Stupid Welsh gits out of K[ingsley] A[mis]. 134 Morgan a Tom Sharpe Hero. 156 the afair with Celia: good. Improvement on Ch.I". The author's first novel and winner of the Whitbread Award, on publication it was likened to a cross between Evelyn Waugh and Kingsley Amis: "it is as though Lucky Jim had been suddenly transported to the mythical kingdom of Azania in Black Mischief." (New York Times) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Jonkers Rare Books [Henley on Thames, OXON, United Kingdom]
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