Book Review: Devil May Care, Sebastian Faulks

‘’In his house in Jamaica, Ian Fleming used to write a thousand words in the morning then go snorkelling, have a cocktail, lunch on the terrace, more diving, another thousand words 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 snorkelling.” - Sebastian Faulks

What can we tell you about the world famous Ian Fleming you don’t already know? Born in London in 1908, he was a prolific writer penning fourteen James Bond novels, successful children’s book ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, hit spy-story ‘The Diamond Smugglers’, as well as ‘Thrilling Cities’, an anthology of travel pieces. But, it was the adventures of James Bond which captured the public imagination and became a worldwide phenomena selling over 100 million copies.

Sebastian Faulks is the latest in a long line of authors awarded the opportunity to write a one-off novel for the James Bond collection. Born in 1953 and brought up in Berkshire, Faulks worked as a journalist for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, then as Literary Editor for the Independent before becoming a full-time writer in 1991. His French Trilogy; ‘The Girl at the Lion d’Or, ‘Birdsong’, and ‘Charlotte Gray’, established him as one of Britain’s best-loved, and best-selling novelists. Appointed the CBE in 2002, he lives in London with his wife and three children.

‘Devil May Care’ is the long-awaited Bond story written to mark this special Ian Fleming Centenary Year. But, with review copies not available till publication, and with the plot remaining as guarded as the crown jewels, all we can tell you is that it is written in the characteristic Fleming style, with an added Faulks twist, and is certain to satisfy all Bond aficionados!

‘Devil May Care’ is published in hardback on 28th May 2008, priced £18.99