MI6 previews a new book that promises to expose
the innermost thoughts of Miss Jane Moneypenny, colleague
and confidante of James Bond
The Moneypenny Diaries - Preview
4th October 2005
News of "The Moneypenny Diaries" first
broke back in May, when MI6 reported that the title was first
leaked as "Guardian Angel". Internet rumours about the
book have since flip-flopped between it being an unofficial book,
to a rogue spin-off title about Miss Moneypenny, to a satirical
look at the post-war intelligence community. Ian Fleming Publications
said that they had given their stamp of approval to the book,
but press releases on the book remain confused in order to boost
The book is due to be published October 10th 2005 by John Murray
- part of the Hodder umbrella. Hodder & Stoughton have been
the British hardback publisher of 007 continuation authors since
John Gardner's "Scorpius" in 1988.
The author Kate Westbrook has since been revealed to be a pen
name, although "her" biography on John Murray's website
is very similar to Henry Chancellor, author of the forthcoming
"James Bond: The Man and His World"
My heart breaks for James’ – so begins the explosive,
true, private diary of Miss Jane Moneypenny, Personal Secretary
to Secret Service chief M and colleague and confidante of
James Bond. Jane Moneypenny led an extraordinary life. At
the heart of British intelligence she had a ringside seat
at the political intrigues that shaped world history.
Contrary to popular belief, she was not simply a bystander
while James Bond saw all the action. But a life of espionage
has personal as well as political ramifications and for
her the price was high. Guarding so many secrets and with
no one to confide in, she found herself breaking the first
rule of espionage. Unbeknownst to anyone, she kept a diary,
charting her innermost thoughts and state secrets. It should
never have been made public...
About Editor "Kate Westbrook"
Kate Westbrook was born in 1970 and educated at Cambridge
and Harvard. She has a doctorate in history, specialising
in the emergence of post-colonial political structures.
She has worked in Africa and Latin America and is the author
of numerous articles, as well as two novels, as yet unpublished.
She is a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Above: Book cover art
Hardcover 240 pages
Released: October 10th 2005
Publisher: John Murray
Paperback (Amazon UK)
Ian Fleming Literary Coverage