William Boyd’s Trio is about the roles people play – and what happens when public and private lives collapse into one another.
It’s 1968, the year of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. There are riots in Paris and the Vietnam War is out of control. While the world is reeling, three characters are involved in making a Swingin’ Sixties movie in sunny Brighton. All are leading secret lives. Elfrida is drowning her writer’s block in vodka; Talbot, coping with the daily dysfunction of making a film, is hiding something in a secret apartment; and the glamorous Anny is wondering why the CIA is suddenly so interested in her.
‘Immensely readable . . . full of light and colour, its humour spot on, its mood a perfect mix of frolicsome and melancholy’ Sunday Telegraph