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Two new books now available from Ian Fleming Publications in London

By: Anders Frejdh
Ian Fleming Publications, new books
In a PM from Miss Moneypenny's desk in London, Ian Fleming Publications announce new editions of two books, On His Majesty's Secret Service (2023) written by Charlie Higson and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a critically acclaimed children's book by Ian Fleming. Classification: Gold level (For Your Eyes Only)

The message reads as follows...

“To our agents in the field,

What is a girl to do during the long summer evenings? If all the paperwork, all the villains and all the good coffee is safely locked away at the end of the day then there is a chance I can be home in time to enjoy a slowly darkening sky with a glass of something chilled. However, it can get lonely.

Thankfully, our friends at Ian Fleming Publications have just published two wonderful new books that I’m sure will prove thrilling companions throughout those idle hours.

First up is the paperback edition of Agent Charlie Higson’s bestselling On His Majesty’s Secret Service (2023). Originally written at breakneck speed in time for the Coronation of King Charles III, the new paperback features revised text (that better reflects the actual events of the Coronation) and an exclusive author Q&A revealing Higson’s creative process and just how he crafted the newest James Bond adventure. Get your copy here.

Next up is none other than the beloved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This new edition of Ian Fleming’s classic children’s adventure features the original text alongside over forty brand-new stunning illustrations by car designer Thomas Gilbert. They must be seen to be believed. Find out more here.

If you’re sceptical about picking up a title primarily aimed at younger readers, I urge you to read this article by David Lowbridge-Ellis over on the IFP site, that delves into what this tale has to offer for audiences of all ages. Indeed, we spied 007 passing a copy of the new book to Q, with a particular page featuring the car taking flight folded at the corner. M explained to 007 that we do not have the budget for a flying car and we DO NOT fold down the corners of books.

Both Higson and Gilbert will be appearing at various events around the UK in the coming weeks. Catch Charlie at Borders Book Festival on 16 June and at the Idler Festival on 6 July. Illustrator Thomas Gilbert will be attending two family-friendly events as part of Independent Bookshop Week and will be showing audiences how they too can draw this iconic car. Don’t miss him on 15 June at Red Lion Books in Colchester and on 22 June at Warwick Books. 

Remember, never say no to adventures.


Miss Moneypenny”



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