SilverFin author Charlie Higson reveals his bedtime reading
Charlie Higson, author of the debut Young Bond novel SilverFin, has revealed to the Sunday Times
what is on his bedside table for reading.
I tend to have several books on the go at any one time. At the moment, Iâm half way through The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin (Phoenix), which is slow, gentle and rather disappointing. I have just finished Peter Careyâs Wrong about Japan (Faber), which I enjoyed, though I wasnât quite sure by the end what I had learnt from it.
I have also just finished The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming (Penguin), which Iâve failed to read several times before. Itâs the last novel Fleming wrote, and he died before completing it (Kingsley Amis tied up the loose ends). At his best, Fleming is fantastic, but this is more like a short story that he decided to extend into a novel. Thereâs almost no plot, and thereâs an extraordinary episode early on where Bond is brainwashed into attempting to assassinate M. Nobody seems the least bit put out by his behaviour, and heâs quickly dispatched on another mission.
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