Wild: The Life of Peter Beard: Photographer, Adventurer, Lover

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St. Martin's Press
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6.4 X 9.43 X 1.18 inches | 1.23 pounds

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About the Author
GRAHAM BOYNTON was raised in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and later emigrated to South Africa, where he attended Natal University and worked as a journalist. In 1975 he was expelled from South Africa because of his opposition to apartheid. He worked for many years as a journalist in London before translocating to New York where he worked for a decade for Conde Nast as a writer and editor. Since 1998 he has lived in London working as an author and newspaper and magazine journalist. He is the author of The Last Days in Cloud Cuckooland.

"A dishy biography...delectable." -The New York Times

"In this densely researched portrait, Boynton vibrantly captures the mercurial nature of a spectacular, exuberant, insatiable, and committed adventurer, photographer, and artist." --Booklist

"An engrossing account of an elusive artist." -Kirkus Reviews

"A riveting portrait of a man of adventure who truly knew no boundaries in life, love and art." -Tina Brown

"[Boynton] does a masterful job of assembling the facts of Beard's chaotic life and conveying the volcanic energy of the man, even as he makes a strong case for his achievement as an artist." -Jay McInerney

"The definitive account of the life of a truly wild man." -Simon Winchester

"In this magnificent biography Graham Boynton gives us a picture of a life that could have been scripted jointly by Blixen and Hemingway. A brilliantly enjoyable read - a triumph." -Alexander McCall Smith, bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

"Boynton teases out the complexities and contradictions that made this heir of railroad money a fascination to English royals and African guides alike...beautifully written, fast and fun, Wild has colorful characters on every page. The most compelling is Beard himself, pinned to the page in this first account since his most dramatic death."--Michael Shnayerson, Vanity Fair contributing editor and author of Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art