William Boyd to Pen New James Bond Novel

William Boyd will be at Hay to talk to Peter Florence on Sunday 10 June about his new novel ‘Waiting for Sunrise’ a story of passion and deception set in Vienna and wartime London.  The novel has had rave reviews many foreshadowing his selection by the Ian Fleming estate to write the new Bond novel.

“Boyd’s novel is an homage to thriller writers, spy novels and crime detection”  The Independent and “An intricately plotted world of spies, lies and the double cross …Waiting for Sunrise proves that rarest of beasts: a tantalisingly experimental work that is also an immensely satisfying page turner” The Sunday Telegraph.

Questions will no doubt turn to the news that the author of Any Human Heart and Restless will follow in the steps Jeffery Deaver and Sebastian Faulks to deliver an ‘official’ new Bond thriller.  The author is currently staying tight-lipped on the project. “The only thing I’m prepared to say at this stage about the novel that I will write is that it will be set in 1969.”

Boyd aficionados will note that in his 2002 novel Any Human Heart (2002) Bond author Ian Fleming made an appearance recruiting the central character Logan Mountstuart to the British Naval Intelligence Division during World War II.