Robert Kempe has been promoted to associate publisher at Seven Footer Press, sharing responsibility with publisher David Gomberg for the overall business and publishing operations.
With the release this week of his new novel EDGE, Jeffrey Deaver speaks to USA Today about the James Bond book he’s working on for publication next May. “The novel is set in the present day, in 2011. Bond is a young agent for the British secret service. He’s 29 or 30 years old, and he’s an Afghan war vet…. I get him into a lot of trouble in the book.The poor guy. I almost feel bad for him. He doesn’t get a lot of rest.” That makes this the first post-Ian Fleming Bond to be set in the present. “There’s no more Cold War to fight,” Deaver says. “I want to stay true to the original James Bond, who many people don’t know much about…. The original Bond was a very dark, edgy character.”
When not writing, he breeds French herding dogs. “In recent years, two of their dogs have won best of breed at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.”
In the US we have the Geico gecko, and in the UK a company called Comparethemarket.com uses a tie-wearing Russian meerkat as their spokesanimal. Aleksandr Orlov’s fake memoir A SIMPLES LIFE is at No. 2 at Amazon UK–and the Independent says the ghostwriter is former publisher Val Hudson.
Dutch novelist Harry Mulisch, 83, died recently in Amsterdam. He is best-known outside Holland for his novels The Discovery of Heaven and The Assault,” both of which were made into movies.