Billy Boyle (Billy Boyle World War II, #1) by James R. BennBilly Boyle, a young Irish-American, cop from Boston has just made detective - with a little help from his cop relatives and friends - when World War II breaks out.
His rabidly anti-English family calls on his mothers distant cousin, Mamie, married to a general, to wangle a staff job for him far from the fighting. But instead of a safe, cushy stateside assignment, he is ordered to London, still undergoing the Blitz.
His Uncle Ike is Dwight D. Eisenhower, plucked from obscurity to command Army forces in Europe, and he wants Billy to be his personal investigator.
Billy, who had never left Boston before he enlisted and was sent to Officer Candidate School, is not sure how good a detective he really is. But when Eisenhower asks Billy to undertake this task, he dutifully sets off for Beardsley Hall, where the Norwegian government in exile, led by King Haakon, is in residence.
Accompanied by an aristocratic Polish officer in exile and a beautiful British WREN, his mission is to catch a spy who may have been planted there.
A theft and two murders test Billys investigative powers, as he comes to grips with the deadly demands of a war he never wanted any part of. To his own surprise - and that of others - Billy proves to be a better detective than any one expected.
Mark Boyle (artist)
Boyle Family is a group of collaborative artists based in London. Mark Boyle and Joan Hills met in Harrogate, Yorkshire in , Joan a single mother who had left her art and architecture studies to bring up her son and Mark was serving in the army. Within months they were collaborating, initially exhibiting their work under Boyle's name until their work became widely known and they exhibited as Mark Boyle and Joan Hills. When their children, Sebastian born in and Georgia born in , began to collaborate with them from the late s onwards, the group became established as Boyle Family. Immersed in the counter-culture of Paris and London, Boyle Family were indiscriminate in media and subject matter, producing performances, happenings, events, films, sound recordings, photography, drawing, assemblage, painting, sculpture and installation.
Which was also almost the working method of the Boyle Family , a group of conceptual artists comprising husband and wife Joan Hills b and Mark Boyle and their children. What he and his family tried to fit into his work was absolutely everything else: the entire world. As they developed as artists, they moved from initial attempts to incorporate parts of the world into their art to grander attempts to duplicate the world exactly. Borges suggested that only a map to the same scale as the world would be a sufficiently accurate representation of reality. He considered such a thing rather impractical, but the Boyle family set out to create nothing less than a lifesize model of the entire world, a little bit at a time, working in randomly selected areas.
Although Boyle Family have worked across a wide range of different media including painting, photography, sculpture, film, projection, sound recordings and drawing , they are perhaps most well known for their Earth studies. These pictures - highly accurate painted casts that operate somewhere between painting and sculpture - involve the meticulous re-creation of randomly chosen areas of the Earth's surface using resin and fibreglass as well as real materials from the site and have been exhibited internationally. In addition to developing highly original casting techniques, Mark Boyle and Joan Hills also pioneered the use of liquid light shows during the s. These projections played a seminal role in the development of the counter-culture of the period. The light environments were used to accompany stage performances by such artists as Jimi Hendrix and jazz-rock pioneers Soft Machine. Spotted a problem?
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This work is a fibreglass sculpture based on a random selection of a piece of landscape on the Isle of Coll. The artists have visited many of the sites subsequently, where their aim is to carry out the process of random selection and looking at a place, free from their own subjectivity as far as is possible, while simultaneously knowing that it is impossible to completely remove themselves as the artists from the depiction of reality. In the early s we were working on a series in Mull when we met the electrician, who told us that every year he went on his holidays to the neighbouring island, Coll. It took us fifteen years, but eventually we got there and made two or three pieces, including this one. The Boyle family are a family of collaborative artists, Mark Boyle - and Joan Hills, and their children Sebastian and Georgia, whose work includes sculpture, painting, films, performances and sound recordings. This website is using cookies.