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Goldeneye: Ian Fleming's Jamaica by Matthew Parker (US hardback)

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Goldeneye Ian Fleming in Jamaica US hardback
Goldeneye: Where Bond was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica is written by Matthew Parker is published in American by Pegasus. (The book was first published in the UK in August 2014.)

"I am going to live in Jamaica. Just live in Jamaica and lap it up, and swim in the sea and write books." - Ian Fleming

Amid the lush beauty of Jamaica's northern coast lies the true story of Ian Fleming's iconic creation: James Bond.

For two months every year, from 1946 to his death eighteen years later, Ian Fleming lived at Goldeneye, the house he built on a point of high land overlooking a small white sand beach on Jamaica’s stunning north coast. All the writing of his James Bond novels and stories were done there.

This book explores the huge influence of Jamaica on the creation of Fleming’s iconic post-war hero. The island was for Fleming part retreat from the world, part tangible representation of his own values, and part exotic fantasy. It will examine his Jamaican friendships—his extraordinary circle included Errol Flynn, the Oliviers, international politicians and British royalty, as well as his close neighbor Noel Coward — and trace his changing relationship with Ann Charteris (and hers with Jamaica) and the emergence of Blanche Blackwell as his Jamaican soulmate.

Goldeneye also compares the real Jamaica of the 1950s during the build-up to independence with the island’s portrayal in the Bond books, to shine a light on the attitude of the likes of Fleming and Coward to the dramatic end of the British Empire.

Book details:
Hardcover: 264 pages including 16 pages of color illustrations
Publisher: Pegasus
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605986860
ISBN-13: 978-1605986869

>New York Times (March 11, 2015)
>Licence Renewed (March 11, 2015)
>Mark O'Connell (August 8, 2014)
>The James Bond International Fan Club (August 8, 2014)

About the Author:
Born in Central America, Matthew Parker spent part of his childhood in the West Indies, acquiring a life-long fascination with the history of the region. Since graduating from Oxford, he has worked as an editorial consultant on a number of works of history, and written three bestselling books. He now lives with his family in east London.

Editor's note:
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US cover for Matthew Parker's book Goldeneye: Where Bond was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica. © 2015 Pegasus Books. All rights reserved.

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