Recommended by Heywood Hill Reader David Astor:
'I don't know why Sweet Caress by William Boyd received such guarded reviews. It's an excellent book, a really good read and, as usual with Boyd, well written. The protagonist is a female photographer called Amory Clay. She lives from 1908-1983 during which time she finds herself in London Berlin, Paris, New York, Vietnam and Scotland. She has many adventures and love affairs and there are plenty of twists and turns in her story. Reading this book gave me two evenings of pure joy.'
On himself: David Astor's working life has involved small time venture capital, politics and the Arts. If he had spent less time reading books he might have been more successful.