Amoryâ€™s first memory is of her father standing on his head. 'she
has memories of him returning on leave during the First World War.
But his absences, both actual and emotional, are what she chiefly
remembers. It is her photographer uncle Greville who supplies the
emotional bond she needs, and, when he gives her a camera and some
rudimentary lessons in photography, unleashes a passion that will
irrevocably shape her future.
A spell at boarding school ends abruptly and Amory begins an
apprenticeship with Greville in London, living in his tiny flat in
Kensington, earning two pounds a week photographing socialites for the
magazine Beau Monde. But Amory is hungry for more and her search for
life, love and artistic expression will take her to the demi monde of
Berlin of the late 20s, to New York of the 30s, to the Blackshirt
riots in London and to France in the 'second World War where she
becomes one of the first women war photographers. Her desire for
experience will lead Amory to further wars, to lovers, husbands and
children as she continues to pursue her dreams and battle her demons.
In this enthralling story of a life fully lived, William Boyd has
created a sweeping panorama of some of the most defining moments of
modern history, told through the camera lens of one unforgettable
woman, Amory Clay. It is his greatest achievement to date.
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