Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth
William Boyd

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Narrated By: William Boyd

Duration: 7 hours and 34 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth written and read by William Boyd.

A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs - seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the heart 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. These funny, surprising and moving stories are a resounding confirmation of Boyd's powers as one of our most original and compelling storytellers.


Modern & contemporary fiction, Short stories

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He has probably written more classic books than any of his contemporaries

Daily Telegraph

Boyd is a brilliant novelist


William Boyd is a gifted chronicler of lives both enigmatic and artistic

Mail on Sunday

One of Britain's best and best-loved storytellers

Sunday Express

Boyd is a gifted and intelligent story-teller

Independent on Sunday

Boyd deals with heavy themes with the lightest touch. We're lucky to have him writing for us

The Times

Boyd is as good as ever at capturing time and place, and at blurring the line between fact and fiction. A highly enjoyable read