James Bond and Devil May Care, the Ian Fleming Centenary Novel, 2008.
• ‘The biggest literary thrill of 2008.’ Observer
In the summer of 2006, Sebastian Faulks was approached by the family of the late Ian Fleming and asked if he would write a one-off James Bond novel to mark the centenary of Fleming’s birth.
The book, entitled Devil May Care, was published on 28th May, 2008 and went straight to number one in the UK bestseller lists. It spent a total of 12 weeks in the top ten, including five consecutive weeks at number one. It also entered the US top ten after four days on sale.
It is the fastest selling hardback in Penguin’s history.
‘Everything a thriller should be.’ Mark Billingham, Radio Four, ‘Front Row’
‘Vintage Bond’ The Times
Statement from Sebastian Faulks, July 10, 2007:
“After almost five years researching Victorian psychiatry for Human Traces, there was something attractive about a jeu d’esprit, which, if I followed Fleming’s own prescription, I could write in six weeks.
“On re-reading, I was surprised by how well the books stood up. I put this down to three things: the sense of jeopardy Fleming creates about his solitary hero; a certain playfulness in the narrative details; and a crisp, journalistic style that hasn’t dated.”
‘That a literary novelist of Faulks’s calibre should take on Fleming’s mantle is a fitting tribute to one of Britain’s greatest thriller writers.’ Ben Macintyre The Times
• Devil May Care was published in hardback by Penguin Books in the UK, by Doubleday in the US and in more than 25 countries worldwide.
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