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3 December 2022

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9:00 AM

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

St Martin’s Press, pp.344, 27.99

In 2005 the photographer Peter Beard invited me to his Thunderbolt Ranch in Montauk on the tip of Long Island. I was writing a biography of Denys Finch Hatton, Karen Blixen’s lover, and Beard had known Blixen at the end of her life. When Graham Boynton began this biography he telephoned me, and I told him about that weekend I spent alone with Beard.

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