Ordinary Thunderstorms

Author(s): William Boyd


One May evening in London, as a result of a chance encounter and a split-second decision, the young climatologist Adam Kindred loses everything - home, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, money - never to get them back. With the police and a hit man in merciless pursuit, Adam has no choice but to go underground, joining the ranks of the disappeared, struggling to understand how his life has unravelled so spectacularly. His journey of discovery will take him along the Thames from Chelsea to the sink estates of the East End. On the way he encounters aristocrats, priests, prostitutes and a policewoman - but will he ever find himself again?


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Ordinary Thunderstorms was a BBC Radio 4 'Book at Bedtime' and sold over 35,000 copies (bookscan) To be launched as a lead summer paperback with a national consumer marketing campaign across outdoor and online media and will be marked with further author publicity Richard & Judy bestseller Restless has sold over 400,000 copies to date and won the Costa Novel of the Year Award

'A storm of a story ... London has never looked so threatening' - Daily Mirror 'Thriller lovers will discover a superior satisfaction in Ordinary Thunderstorms, in which a brush with a stranger leaves his hero homeless and hunted through the fringes of London' - Guardian 'I can't remember when I had a more exciting read than Ordinary Thunderstorms ... It's about a nightmare that might happen to any of us' - Antonia Fraser, Mail on Sunday Books of the Year 'A compelling fugitive chase through the dark side of modern-day London' - Evening Standard Books of the Year

William Boyd is the author of nine 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; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year.

General Fields

  • : 9781408802854
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : 0.29
  • : May 2010
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : William Boyd
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 823.914
  • : very good
  • : 416