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19 May 2010
Debby Shorley, Director of Library Services, shares her thoughts on William Boyd’s latest novel Ordinary Thunderstorms, whose central character applies for a post at Imperial.
“Adam’s interview for a research fellowship at Imperial had gone well enough. He rewarded himself with dinner in an Italian restaurant nearby and hope he’d clinched it. But a chance conversation with a fellow diner was to change his life forever, and propel him into an extraordinary struggle to survive. Eating seagull meat, for example, was one of his least worst experiences as a down-and-out dossing under Chelsea Bridge!
William Boyd’s latest novel Ordinary Thunderstorms shows how normal lives can so easily go horribly wrong. It also paints a scary picture of the barely organised chaos of today’s London – from suave South Kensington to distinctly skaggy Rotherhithe.
This novel really is unputdownable – and, as far as I know, a rare example of Imperial featured in a work of fiction. As ever Boyd is far too sophisticated to offer us a moral – but do remember: never remove a knife from a stab wound – for there lies the road to perdition.”
To read Ordinary Thunderstorms, published in 2009 by Bloomsbury, visit the Central Library, code: 800 BOY