A novelist's life ricochets from 1920s Paris to '50s New York and '80s London. Along the way he meets Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - the exiled British king and his mistress Wallis Simpson.
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 Logan Mountstuart (Older) (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Logan Mountstuart (Middle) (4 episodes, 2010)
Conor Nealon ...
 Logan Mountstuart (Child) (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Freya Deverell (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Logan Mountstuart (Young) (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Ben Leeping (Older) (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Peter Scabius (Older) (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Ernest Hemingway / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Mr. Mountstuart (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Mrs. Mountstuart (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Lottie (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Duchess of Windsor / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Duke of Windsor / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Gloria Scabius (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Tess Scabius (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Lionel Mounstuart (2 episodes, 2010)
Stéphane Dausse ...
 Cyprien (2 episodes, 2010)
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 The Earl (2 episodes, 2010)
Yolanda Vazquez ...
 Encarnacion (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Peter Scabius (Young) (2 episodes, 2010)
James Musgrave ...
 Ben Leeping (Young) / ... (2 episodes, 2010)
Kulvinder Ghir ...
 Subadar Singh (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Ian Fleming (2 episodes, 2010)
Poppy Epstein ...
 Stella (Age 6) (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Dr. Byrne (2 episodes, 2010)
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A novelist's life ricochets from 1920s Paris to '50s New York and '80s London. Along the way he meets Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - the exiled British king and his mistress Wallis Simpson.

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Logan Mountstuart is Everyman.
7 December 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

William Boyd has shown himself to be one of the finest readers & chroniclers of the Human Condition writing today. It is almost a badge of honour that he has not won an award from one of the product placement companies. My first exposure to his work was a short-story called "The Persistence of Vision" - a perfect gem. Whenever I get depressed with the current offerings in the shops, I revert and, within seconds, I am transported. If I were to say that the life of Logan Mountstuart parallels my own to an almost spooky degree, it is not to say that I have played golf with some HRH & had my matches nicked. I have never jumped from an airplane or worked as a spy. One thing is certain: William Boyd is a far better writer than Ernest Hemingway ever was.

Today, like Logan Mountstuart, as I sort out photographs and ancient family papers, I find - often depressing - aspects of that earlier life, the appalling personal loss of a loved one, letters of despair. Here and there a picture drawn by a loved child.

As I said, Mountstuart is Everyman. He was not a bold boy; nor a bad man. He was easily led, but he is a good man; honourable, in a way that Peter Scabius was false. And so, Boyd leads us alongside this fallible man; while we, on occasion, find ourselves aching to say to him "Don't!" It would be better to read the book in the first instance; the screenplay follows the same sequence and one is more prepared for the jump-shifts in time. It is what I call a satisfying read; what I would like to write if I had the talent.

The acting is universally faithful to the characters, especially Matthew Mac Fadyean, who is utterly convincing & sympathetic.

If the producers are going to transfer this to DVD, please keep it intact, as they did in the excellent VHS version of "Armadillo" - which suffered badly in the compressed version, on DVD.

It is supremely gratifying to find that there is an audience who can relate to great drama; who have the patience to follow a complex storyline and debate its merits or otherwise. Sunday is going to seem empty when it ends.


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