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Ordinary Thunderstorms

(2009)
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It is May in Chelsea, London. The glittering river is unusually high on an otherwise ordinary afternoon. Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in town for a job interview, ambles along the Embankment, admiring the view. He is pleasantly surprised to come across a little Italian bistro down a leafy side street. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards. With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents through which Adam will lose everything - home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, mobile phone - never to get them back. The police are searching for him. There is a reward for his capture. A hired killer is stalking him. He is alone and anonymous in a huge, pitiless modern city. Adam has nowhere to go but down - underground. He decides to join that vast army of the disappeared and the missing that throng London's lowest levels as he tries to figure out what to do with his life and struggles to understand the forces that have made it unravel so spectacularly. His quest will take him all along the River Thames, from affluent Chelsea to the sink estates of the East End, and on the way he will encounter all manner of London's denizens - aristocrats, prostitutes, evangelists and policewomen amongst them - and version after new version of himself. William Boyd's electric follow-up to Costa Novel of the Year Restless is a heart-in-mouth conspiracy novel about the fragility of social identity, the corruption at the heart of big business, and the secrets that lie hidden in the filthy underbelly of everyday city.

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Praise for this book

"Boyd's deft combination of suspense and literature makes it the pick of the litter." - Stephen King


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Hardback Editions

February 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms
Author(s): William Boyd
ISBN: 0-307-35820-8 / 978-0-307-35820-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Canada
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January 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyd
ISBN: 0-06-187674-7 / 978-0-06-187674-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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September 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms
Author(s): William Boyd
ISBN: 1-4088-0239-2 / 978-1-4088-0239-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

February 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms
Author(s): William Boyd
ISBN: 0-307-35821-6 / 978-0-307-35821-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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February 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyd
ISBN: 0-06-187675-5 / 978-0-06-187675-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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January 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms
Author(s): William Boyd
ISBN: 1-4088-0285-6 / 978-1-4088-0285-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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June 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms
Author(s): William Boyd
ISBN: 1-4088-0606-1 / 978-1-4088-0606-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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September 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms
Author(s): William Boyd
ISBN: 1-4088-0247-3 / 978-1-4088-0247-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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September 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms [Large Print] (Clipper Large Print)
Author(s): WILLIAM BOYD
ISBN: 1-4074-4243-0 / 978-1-4074-4243-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING PLC
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Audio Editions

February 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyd
Publisher: HarperAudio
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2010 : USA Audio CD

Title: ordinary Thunderstorms
Author(s): William Boyd
ISBN: 1-4407-6735-1 / 978-1-4407-6735-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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January 2009 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms (unabridged audio book)
Author(s): William Boyd
ISBN: 1-4074-4113-2 / 978-1-4074-4113-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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September 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms
Author(s): William Boyd
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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September 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms
Author(s): William Boyd
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms
Author(s): William Boyd
Publisher: Random House Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   


January 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel
Author(s): William Boyd
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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September 2009 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ordinary Thunderstorms
Author(s): William Boyd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK