Ian Fleming Publications has today revealed the truth behind the mysterious new book The Moneypenny Diaries on their official website:
10/10/05 – Moneypenny Diaries – declassified
The first volume of the The Moneypenny Diaries, edited by Dr Kate Westbrook, is published today by John Murray. This project has been the source of much speculation and counter-intelligence, but the full story has now been cleared for public release: The Moneypenny Diaries is and has always been an official IFP project.
Dr Kate Westbrook is the pseudonym of Samantha Weinberg, award-winning author of LAST OF THE PIRATES – THE SEARCH FOR BOB DENARD, the international bestseller A FISH CAUGHT IN TIME – THE SEARCH FOR THE COELACANTH and POINTING FROM THE GRAVE which won the 2003 CWA Gold Dagger for Non-fiction.
The Moneypenny Diaries, in which fact flows seamlessly into fiction, beautifully and intelligently create a fascinating picture of a world with which we are already familiar from Fleming’s James Bond novels. What is not familiar is the unique voice of the woman who was at the heart of that world.
The Moneypenny Diaries were launched last week with a party at Smythson’s in Bond Street.
Of further interest to fans of the literary 007 is the revelation that James Bond WILL appear in the pages of The Moneypenny Diaries. An excerpt published yesterday in a UK newspaper featured a scene in which Jane Moneypenny (yes, Moneypenny’s first name is “Jane”) tries to rescue Bond from a yacht using techniques learned in a self defense class, but ends up being rescued by James.
The Moneypenny Diaries is the first book in a trilogy.