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26 SEPTEMBER 2013
SOLO (NEW JAMES BOND NOVEL) AS AUDIOBOOK

By: FSWL team
Published:
2013-08-04
The audiobook (read by Dominic West) edition of Solo, a new James Bond novel written by William Boyd, is released on September 26, 2013. (The same day as the UK hardcover edition of the book.)
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From Sweden with Love was invited to the launch (and release party) of 'Solo' at The Dorchester in London on 25th September 2013. Read our report from the launch.
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In a press release from August 1, 2013, Richard Cable (Managing Director of Vintage Publishing) commented:

"We are thrilled to have such a distinguished actor as Dominic West reading Solo. It’s the perfect combination of reader and text. Audio listeners are in for a real treat!"

Audiobook details:
Author: William Boyd
Reader: Dominic West
Running Time: N/A
Publisher: Vintage
Number of CDs: N/A
File Quality: MP3 (64 kbps)
ISBN-10: 1846573777
ISBN-13: 978-1846573774

Official synopsis for Solo, the new James Bond novel:
1969. A veteran secret agent. A single mission. A licence to kill.

James Bond returns.


In a press release from April 2012, William Boyd commented:

"When the Ian Fleming estate invited me to write the new James Bond novel I didn’t hesitate. I accepted at once – for me the prospect appeared incredibly exciting and stimulating – a once-in-a-lifetime challenge.

In fact my father introduced me to the James Bond novels in the 1960s and I read them all then – From Russia with Love (1957) being my favourite.

I then became very intrigued by Ian Fleming the man and have written about him on numerous occasions. The fascination went so far that I placed him as a character in my novel Any Human Heart where he’s responsible for recruiting the novel’s protagonist, Logan Mountstuart, into the Naval Intelligence Division in World War II.

One other coincidence should be mentioned. It turns out that I’ve worked with three of the actors who have played James Bond over the years. They’ve all starred in films that I’ve written: Sean Connery in A Good Man in Africa, Pierce Brosnan in Mr Johnson and Daniel Craig in The Trench. The idea that these somewhat random connections with Fleming and Bond should culminate in my writing a new James Bond novel is irresistibly appealing. The only thing I’m prepared to say at this stage about the novel that I will write is that it will be set in 1969."

About the author:
William Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana, in 1952. He is the author of one work of non-fiction, three collections of short stories and fourteen novels. He has won many awards including the Whitbread First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award and the Costa Book Award. He is married and lives in London.

Editor's note:
For other James Bond audiobooks presented on FSWL, click here.

William Boyd is the third author in recent years to be invited by the Ian Fleming estate to write an official Bond novel, following in the footsteps of the American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, who wrote Carte Blanche in 2011, and Sebastian Faulks who wrote Devil May Care that was published to mark Ian Fleming’s centenary in 2008.

As well as the publication of the new novel, 2013 is a significant year for Bond, marking the 60th anniversary of Fleming's first 007 novel, Casino Royale, first published by Cape on April 13, 1953. Cape was also the publisher of the first ever official Bond novel following Fleming’s death in 1964, when Kingsley Amis took up the mantle writing Colonel Sun as Robert Markham in 1968.

For other posts about William Boyd's Solo on From Sweden with Love, click here.

A selection of William Boyd's previous books:
A Good Man in Africa (1981);
On the Yankee Station and Other Stories (1981);
An Ice-Cream War, 1982);
Stars and Bars (1984);
School Ties (1985);
The New Confessions (1987);
Brazzaville Beach 1990);
The Blue Afternoon (1993);
The Destiny of Natalie 'X' and Other Stories (1995);
Armadillo (1998);
Nat Tate: An American Artist 1928-1960 (1998);
Any Human Heart (2002);
Fascination (2004);
Bamboo (2005);
Restless (2006);
The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth (short story) Notes from the Underground (2007);
Ordinary Thunderstorms (2009);
Waiting for Sunrise (2012).

Other events for the 60th Anniversary of the literary 007 featured on From Sweden with Love:
>New edition of Ian Fleming's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car" (March 12, 2013)
>Publication of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Race Against Time" (March 12, 2013)
>New edition of Ian Fleming's "The Diamond Smugglers" (April 4, 2013)
>New edition of Ian Fleming's "Thrilling Cities" (April 4, 2013)
>The Birth of Bond: Ian Fleming's Casino Royale at 60 (April 12-July 12, 2013)
>Casino Royale: 60th anniversary (April 13, 2013)
>Publication of "The James Bond Omnibus: Volume 5" (November 22, 2013)

Photo above:
Cover for the UK unabridged audiobook of Solo, the new James Bond novel. © 2013 Ian Fleming Publications. All rights reserved.

Pre-order the new James Bond novel by William Boyd as audiobook from Amazon:
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