It was close but the winner of June's poll is... William Boyds: 'Any Human Heart' (2002)
Suggested by Rachel Griffiths :) Here's Rachel's nomination from the June discussion:
"I've only heard ravings about this book so i'm taking that as a good sign. Oh and the Channel 4 adaptation was pretty good too.
Spanning some seven decades of the 20th century, these are the "intimate journals" of Logan Mountstuart, author, spy, art dealer and dedicated social animal. In the course of his life he meets famous writers - Woolf, Joyce, and Hemingway, among others - and cultivates celebrated artists (some real, some invented). He also manages to observe first-hand many of the tumultuous events of the century, from the Spanish civil war to the conflict in Biafra. The journal form allows the narrator to grow older. The novel is split into nine imaginary volumes, each with its different voice, from the affected drawl of the schoolboy to the wry misanthropy of old age."
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Happy Reading Book Lovers :)
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