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Protobiography

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William Boyd has been writing well-loved, prize-winning fiction since Penguin published A Good Man in Africa in 1981. His fiction is often a revealing excavation of an individual life and in Protobiography, Boyd turns to his own biography for inspiration, exploring his childhood in West Africa and his schooling in Scotland.
Paperback, Pocket Penguin 70s #55, 56 pages
Published May 6th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published 2005)
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Coenraad
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I remember enjoying William Boyd's short stories in the Penguin 60s very much; here he presents a completely different kind of writing. In four essays he writes about his childhood. The first and the fourth describe elements of his time in Africa: he was born in Ghana where his father was a doctor; later the family lived in Nigeria. The middle two describe his years at Scottish boarding houses. His sharp observation and direct, frank analysis of his experiences ensure a worthwhile read.

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May 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: _alfabet
Bijna sociologische verhandelingen over jeugd in afrika of schotland dan verhalen. Anders dan verwacht.
Mary Arkless
A charming little book about the author's life in boarding school in Scotland, and his childhood in Africa. I especially enjoyed the last story, Memories of the Sausage Fly.
Alix
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well written and entertaining. I loved the mood the author captured. Would read again.
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Very short collection of autobiographical writings from William Boyd.
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Of Scottish descent, Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana on 7th March, 1952 and spent much of his early life there and in Nigeria where his mother was a teacher and his father, a doctor. Boyd was in Nigeria during the Biafran War, the brutal secessionist conflict which ran from 1967 to 1970 and it had a profound effect on him.

At the age of nine years he attended Gordonstoun school, in
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