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Launch Event For New James Bond Novel (Solo)

By: Anders Frejdh
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Boyd on Bond - William Boyd marks publication of his James Bond novel Solo with major event at Southbank Centre in London on Thursday 26 September 2013 at 7.30pm.


International bestselling author William Boyd will discuss his thrilling new James Bond novel, Solo, for the first time in public at a major event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre, on Thursday 26 September, the day of publication.

Boyd, in conversation with GQ literary editor, Olivia Cole, will discuss Ian Fleming and his experience of writing about the world’s most iconic spy. Introducing the event will be special guest, Lucy Fleming, Ian Fleming’s niece.

Combining all the glamour and excitement of Ian Fleming’s original novels with masterful storytelling, Solo is a stylish, period novel set in 1969, featuring 007 as a veteran agent at 45. Spanning three continents, Bond’s new mission takes an unexpected turn whilst in Africa, forcing him to go ‘solo’.

William Boyd is the author of 14 novels including Any Human Heart and Restless and has won several awards, including the Costa Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

He will be signing copies of Solo after the event.

Event details:
Date: Thursday 26 September
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
Tickets: 15 GBP (event only); 25 GBP for event and book
Box office: +44 (0)844 875 0073

Read a great review of Solo by our good friend John Cox at The Bond Bond.

Editor's note:
The new James Bond book by William Boyd will be published in hardback, ebook and audio editions on 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Vintage Publishing, in the UK and Commonwealth, and by HarperCollins in the US and Canada on 8 October.

2013 is a significant year for Bond, marking 60 years since Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, was published by Jonathan Cape in 1953.

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

Other literary James Bond news featured From Sweden With Love:
>Vote for Young Bond 3 title (October-2006)
>Voting process for Young Bond 3 title ended (November-2006)
>Sebastian Faulks: New James Bond continuation author (July-2007)
>James Bond theme tune search (February-2008)
>The Diamond Smugglers re-issued (July-2009)
>Thrilling Cities re-issued (July-2009)
>New James Bond novel: Project X (May-2010)
>James Bond novels launch as eBooks in the UK (November-2010)
>Project X is Carte Blanche (Jan-2011)
>John Gardner's James Bond novels to be reprinted (March-2011)
>Carte Blanche: International publishers (May-2011)
>Carte Blanche: UK Publication events (May-2011)
>John Gardner's James Bond titles re-issued (June-2011)
>Ian Fleming Publications appoints Curtis Brown (June-2011)
>Ian Fleming bibliography announced (February-2012)
>James Bond returns home (March-2012)
>Amazon Publishing to publish James Bond backlist in North America (April-2012)
>Raymond Benson's James Bond novels released as e-books (October-2012)
>William Boyd's James Bond novel presented as "The New Mission" (February-2013)
>The title for the new James Bond novel by William Boyd is Solo (April-2013)
>John Gardner's 007 novels released as eBooks (June-2013)

Photo above:
Portrait of William Boyd, the new official James Bond author. © 2013 Trevor Leighton. All rights reserved.

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