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24 SEPTEMBER 2013
SOLO (A 007 NOVEL) TO BE PUBLISHED IN SWEDEN

By: FSWL team
Published:
2013-09-24
FSWL exclusive: The new James Bond novel (Solo by William Boyd) will be published in Swedish by E A Förlag for a Spring 2014 release. (Solo is first published in the UK on September 26, 2013.)
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From Sweden with Love was invited to the UK 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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Official book description:
It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge.

A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M's orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice. Bond's renegade action leads him to Washington, D.C., where he discovers a web of geopolitical intrigue and witnesses fresh horrors.

Even if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.


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."

Editor's note:
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.

So far, translation rights for SOLO is sold for:

• Chinese Complex - Taiwan - The Commercial Press
• Dutch - World - Atlas
• French - World - Editions Du Seuil
• German - World - Berlin Verlag
• Greek - World - Travlos Sot. Panoyotis Publishing
• Italian - World - Einaudi Editore
• Polish - World - Foksal
• Portuguese - World - Casa das Letras
• Portuguese - Brazil - Editora Objetiva
• Spanish - World - Alfaguara
• Swedish - World - EA Forlag

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

Photo above:
UK hardback cover for Solo, the latest James Bond novel. © 2013 Jonathan Cape. All rights reserved.

For the latest news on the Swedish release of the James Bond novel Solo, go to E A Förlag's website::
www.eaforlag.se

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