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Solo

A James Bond Novel

William Boyd

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English
Arrow
01 May 2014
Series: James Bond 007
The bestselling new James Bond novel written by William Boyd ('English fiction's master storyteller' The Times)
*The Sunday Times Bestseller
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It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge.

A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M's orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice. Bond's renegade action leads him to Washington, D.C., where he discovers a web of intrigue and witnesses fresh horrors.

Even if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.
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Imprint:   Arrow
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   245g
ISBN:   9780099578970
ISBN 10:   0099578972
Series:   James Bond 007
Pages:   432
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

William Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana, in 1952. He is the author of one work of non-fiction, three collections of short stories and fourteen novels. He has won many awards including the Whitbread First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award and the Costa Book Award. He is married and lives in London.

Reviews for Solo: A James Bond Novel

This is well-plotted, exciting stuff and Boyd has a great sense of time and place. His boozy, maturer, more fallible Bond is totally believable. Mission accomplished, Mr Boyd. -- Natasha Harding Sun Boyd was a smart choice for a Bond thriller. The action clips along. There are welcome literary flourishes and a dense plot. -- Richard Fitzpatrick Irish Examiner Written with aplomb, Boyd's Bond novel is a terrific twisting thriller. Sunday Times Anyone wishing this autumn to enjoy the Cold War with the assurance of a happy ending should seek out William Boyd's new James Bond novel, Solo, in which 007 is dispatched to West Africa and the fictitious country of Zanzarim, where he finds himself in the midst of a civil war. -- Stephen McGinty Scotsman A fantastic read, which I ripped through in the time it would take to watch Skyfall, as it happens, and I found it significantly more enjoyable. The Times


  • Short-listed for Specsavers National Book Award 2013 (UK)
  • Short-listed for Specsavers National Book Awards: Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2013
  • Short-listed for Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2013 (UK)
  • Shortlisted for Specsavers National Book Awards: Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2013.

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