sweet caressSweet Caress: the Many Lives of Amory Clay by William Boyd is such a comprehensive book that I thought it was a novelization of a real photographer’s life.  Instead Boyd used “found” photographs and was able to weave a story around them.  He had Amory photographing many of the pivotal events of Great Britian’s modern history.  She was prosecuted for indecency for her photographic exhibition of pictures she had taken of prostitutes in Berlin.  She was beaten up while photographing a demonstration of Brownshirts, an English fascist group prior to WWII.  She was able to be a war photographer from WWII to Vietnam.  Amory’s emotional life was as dramatic as the situations that she was a part of.  She comes across as a vibrant, gutsy woman.  The story is similar to that of several women who were early pioneers in the photographic field, but it is Amory’s imagined personal life that makes the novel one that is hard to put down.

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