Bamboo

A collection of essays by William Boyd.

'Plant one bamboo shoot - cut bamboo for the rest of your life'.

William Boyd takes this old Chinese saying as the inspiration for these essays, read by Anton Lesser.

William Boyd takes this old Chinese proverb for non-fiction essays which provide a fascinating counterpoint to the world of his novels.

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01Oxford20051121

A collection of essays by William Boyd.

'Plant one bamboo shoot - cut bamboo for the rest of your life'.

William Boyd takes this old Chinese saying as the inspiration for these essays, read by Anton Lesser.

William Boyd takes this old Chinese proverb for non-fiction essays which provide a fascinating counterpoint to the world of his novels.'The university buildings, the colleges are so close to their imagined forms that I felt I was being inveigled into some unwitting cameo role in a monstrous cinematic project.'.

01Oxford20051121

A collection of essays by William Boyd.

'Plant one bamboo shoot - cut bamboo for the rest of your life'.

William Boyd takes this old Chinese saying as the inspiration for these essays, read by Anton Lesser.

William Boyd takes this old Chinese proverb for non-fiction essays which provide a fascinating counterpoint to the world of his novels.'The university buildings, the colleges are so close to their imagined forms that I felt I was being inveigled into some unwitting cameo role in a monstrous cinematic project.'.

02Being Translated, Adaptations And Three Act Structure20051122

'I remember meeting one of my translators at a British Council do somewhere abroad and he was virtually monoglot...

I could barely understand a word he said, so thick was his accent and wayward his syntax.'.

02Being Translated, Adaptations And Three Act Structure20051122

'I remember meeting one of my translators at a British Council do somewhere abroad and he was virtually monoglot...

I could barely understand a word he said, so thick was his accent and wayward his syntax.'.

03The Trench20051123

'Anxiety.

No let's not beat about the bush, high anxiety.

I am being driven down the M4 towards the studios in Windsor where, in an hour or so, we will begin filming my first film as director.'.

03The Trench20051123

'Anxiety.

No let's not beat about the bush, high anxiety.

I am being driven down the M4 towards the studios in Windsor where, in an hour or so, we will begin filming my first film as director.'.

04The British Caff20051124

Pubs have gone up-market, are franchised, themed.

The caff resists this gentrification doggedly and triumphantly.

Caffs exist nowhere else, indeed no other country in the world would want them.

04The British Caff20051124

Pubs have gone up-market, are franchised, themed.

The caff resists this gentrification doggedly and triumphantly.

Caffs exist nowhere else, indeed no other country in the world would want them.

05 LASTMontevideo20051125

'There was one very good reason why I shouldn't have planned a visit: the opening pages of my last novel are set in the place and I have found it's a very bad idea to check out the validity of your research after the book has been published.'.

05 LASTMontevideo20051125

'There was one very good reason why I shouldn't have planned a visit: the opening pages of my last novel are set in the place and I have found it's a very bad idea to check out the validity of your research after the book has been published.'.