12/05/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Publisher Doubleday is to publish a new James Bond novel, Devil May Care, written by Sebastian Faulks.
Devil May Care will be released simultaneously in the US and UK (Penguin) to mark what would have been Fleming’s 100th birthday—May 28th 2008.
“Three pages into Devil May Care and you are immediately thrown back into the world of James Bond and all those wonderful characters we have come to love,” says Rubin. “Devil May Care is pure Fleming channeled by Faulks—a madcap adventure, a romantic romp and a book you can devour in one sitting. It all starts in Paris, and no one alive writes better about Paris than Sebastian Faulks.”
Fleming’s last Bond book, Octopussy and the Living Daylights, was published in 1966. Forty-two years later and in keeping with the tradition, DEVIL Devil May Care is set in the Cold War and the action is played out across two continents, exotic locations and several of the world’s most glamorous cities.
“My novel is meant to stand in the line of Fleming’s own books, where the story is everything,” said Faulks, author of Birdsong, Charlotte Gray and Engleby. “In his house in Jamaica, Ian Fleming used to write a thousand words in the morning, then go snorkeling, have a cocktail, lunch on the terrace, more diving, another thousand words in the late afternoon, then more Martinis and glamorous women. In my house in London, I followed this routine exactly, apart from the cocktails, the lunch and the snorkeling.”
Stephen Rubin, president at Doubleday, bought US rights from Gillon Aitken, Aitken Alexander Associates, with Deb Futter, Vice President, Deputy Editorial Director, Doubleday, to edit.
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