SilverFin, the first in a series of five Young Bond novels by Charlie Higson, is swiftly climbing the UK bestsellers charts. With favorable reviews and a £50,000 promotional campaign by Puffin Books, it looks like Young Bond Book 1 is living up to expectations.
SilverFin is currently #11 on the fluid Amazon.co.uk list of bestsellers. On Play.com it’s #10. On a list of children’s bestsellers over at retailer WH Smith, SilverFin holds the 007th spot.
But the most exciting news is that the UK publishing trade magazine, The Bookseller, is expected to list SilverFin at #5 in the paperback children’s fiction chart this Friday!
Okay, now that the Young Bond series can be called a success, what news of Book 2?
Author Charlie Higson tells CBn Book 2 currently has the working title “Double M” and will be set largely in Sardinia (a locale seen in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me). It will involve art theft, bandits, and smuggling. Higson says it will be an even longer book than the 372 Page SilverFin.
Unfortunately, Book 2 is not coming out in Autumn as originally planned. Ian Fleming Publications confirmed the release is now January 2006 “at the earliest.” SilverFin first editions that show the release date of Book 2 as October 2005 are now hot sellers on eBay after CBn first reported the error earlier this month (the date has been corrected in a second printing).
SilverFin will be released in the U.S. on April 27 and in Australia in May. As yet, SilverFin is only available in English. SilverFin is currently the “Book of the Month” on the official Puffin website.
UPDATE: Friday, March 18, 2005. SilverFin did not reach the #5 spot on The Booksellers list of children’s paperback bestsellers as expected. It charted at #8. However, the book has moved up on the WH Smith bestseller list to #4.