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20th May 2011, Herald Series, Andrew French

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ONE of secret agent James Bond’s most memorable adventures is Diamonds Are Forever.

Now the Diamond Light Source on the Harwell science campus is to provide the perfect hi-tech backdrop for the launch of the latest Bond novel, Carte Blanche, by crime writer Jeffery Deaver.

The author has been given permission by the estate of Bond author Ian Fleming to write the latest instalment of the adventures of the legendary 007 spy.

On Friday, best-selling thriller writer Deaver will give a talk about Carte Blanche, which is being published at the end of the month.

Mark Thornton, manager of Mostly Books in Stert Street, Abingdon, engineered the appearance at the Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, after learning of the author’s love of science and technology, which often feature in his novels.

Mr Thornton said: “Having had the opportunity to meet Jeffery in January, it occurred to me that Diamond would be the ideal ‘Bond-esque’ venue for a launch.

“With its distinctive silver building and the cutting edge science conducted there, I felt it might appeal to the author.

“Thanks to the support and enthusiasm of the Diamond staff, it caught the imagination of the book’s publisher Hodder and Stoughton.

“Apart from the launch in London, and the Hay Festival, this is the only other UK event taking place as part of a global tour.

“We are so pleased that our customers and other local people will get such a spectacular chance to attend this really special event.”

Mr Deaver is not the first big-name author to have written a James Bond novel in recent years.

When Sebastian Faulks’ best-selling Bond novel, Devil May Care, was launched in 2008, it sold fast.

The story took Bond back to his roots and became Penguin’s fastest-selling hardback fiction book ever.

In Carte Blanche, Jeffery Deaver has brought Bond back up to date, with a high-octane thriller travelling to some of the world’s most glamorous locations.

Mr Thornton said Mr Deaver was the perfect author to write the latest Bond story, having read the original Ian Fleming novels while growing up. The bookseller said that Deaver says Ian Fleming first introduced him to the craft of thriller writing.

And it was as a result of winning the Crime Writers’ Association’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, for his book, Garden of Beasts, in 2004, that Ian Fleming Publications commissioned him to write the new book.

Deaver fans are expected to travel to Harwell from locations including Manchester, Edinburgh — and, in one case, Las Vegas, United States.

The event takes place at Diamond Light Source at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 and cocktails, including Bond’s favourite, a vodka martini, will be served as the author talks about the book. Anyone wanting to attend needs to pay for and collect tickets in advance.

For further information, call 01235 525880 or email the bookshop at: books@mostly-books.co.uk Tickets are non-transferable as the venue is compiling a guest list for the event. Tickets cannot be bought on the night.

 

 


Source:  http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/9039935.Diamond_hosts_sparkling_James_Bond_book_launch/