At a stage where every teenager begins to question the rest of their life, and what they will make of it, William Boyd began to wonder if he could actually live out his dream of becoming a writer.
Coming from a long line of successful professionals, doctors and lawyers, William’s father was hesitant of his son’s choice, but William went on to test the waters.
He discusses his first encounters with literature. ‘Your first engagement with literature is empathetic.’
He cites the short stories and lesser-known works of F. Scott Fitzgerald as his favourite works, and recalls his first empathetic encounter with the fictional character Basil Lee.