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This is Robert Harling's account of his close and enduring friendship with one of the twentieth century's most iconic writers; a friendship forged on the front line of the Second World War.

Their paths met in the early 1940s upon the creation of 30 Assault Unit, a British Commando unit Ian Fleming founded and ran. While Fleming was based in London, Harling, his second-in-command, operated on the front. The war made the men fast friends, and Fleming would later write Harling into his Bond novels Thunderball and The Spy Who Loved Me.

Despite the pair's friendship, this book is a searching psychological investigation. This is Fleming, warts and all: his magnetism and charm often tempered by bouts of depression, failing health, and a deep-rooted misogyny dooming his relationships with women to end in failure and recrimination.

Harling brings a unique and authoritative perspective to a compelling subject. Ordered by the author not to be published in his lifetime, this extraordinary memoir offers a fascinating and unprecedented insight into the mind and life of Fleming, from one of those who knew him best.

Robert Harling's postwar career included twenty-eight years as editor of House & Garden magazine, and almost forty as the Sunday Times's celebrated typographic adviser. He was the author of some eighteen books of fiction and nonfiction. He died in 2008.

Ian Fleming - Robert Harling

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Title
Ian Fleming - a personal memoir
Author
Robert Harling
format
Hardback
Publisher
The Robson Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20150929

This is Robert Harling's account of his close and enduring friendship with one of the twentieth century's most iconic writers; a friendship forged on the front line of the Second World War.

Their paths met in the early 1940s upon the creation of 30 Assault Unit, a British Commando unit Ian Fleming founded and ran. While Fleming was based in London, Harling, his second-in-command, operated on the front. The war made the men fast friends, and Fleming would later write Harling into his Bond novels Thunderball and The Spy Who Loved Me.

Despite the pair's friendship, this book is a searching psychological investigation. This is Fleming, warts and all: his magnetism and charm often tempered by bouts of depression, failing health, and a deep-rooted misogyny dooming his relationships with women to end in failure and recrimination.

Harling brings a unique and authoritative perspective to a compelling subject. Ordered by the author not to be published in his lifetime, this extraordinary memoir offers a fascinating and unprecedented insight into the mind and life of Fleming, from one of those who knew him best.

Robert Harling's postwar career included twenty-eight years as editor of House & Garden magazine, and almost forty as the Sunday Times's celebrated typographic adviser. He was the author of some eighteen books of fiction and nonfiction. He died in 2008.

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Robert Harling: Robert Harling's post-war career included twenty-eight years as editor of House & Garden magazine and almost forty as the Sunday Times's celebrated typographic adviser. He was the author of some eighteen books of fiction and non-fiction. He died in 2008.


Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Novelists, English - 20th century - Biography.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
xi, 372 , 8 unnumbered of plates

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