Amory Clay's first memory is of her father standing on his head - but it is his absences that she chiefly remembers. Her Uncle Greville, a photographer, supplies the emotional bond she needs, and, when he gives her a camera, unleashes a passion that irrevocably shapes her future. Over the years, Amory's search for life, love and artistic expression will take her from late '20s Berlin, to New York in the 30s and France in the Second World War - collecting lovers, husbands and children, pursuing dreams and battling demons. Sweet Caress is a sweeping panorama of some of the most defining moments of modern history, told through the camera lens of one unforgettable woman.
William Boyd is the author of twelve novels including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet and adapted into a BAFTA-winning Channel 4 drama; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year, the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year and a Richard & Judy selection; the Sunday Times bestseller, Waiting for Sunrise and, most recently, Solo, a James Bond novel. William Boyd lives in London and France.williamboyd.co.uk