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If you want a chuckle and a nostalgic trip to your teenage past when James Bond was your hero, then this is the book for you.

Moneypenny, of course, was M's Personal Secretary in the James Bond novels. Here we have the first of three novels where Jane Moneypenny tells her side of the Bond adventures. It's hilarious and wonderfully done. There are so many footnotes and historical notes the reader can end up thinking it's all true. The diaries have come to Moneypenny's niece who is editing them for us.

It's a fun read and I shall look for the others.
  p.d.r.lindsay | Aug 31, 2014 |
This novel purports to be from the diaries of Miss Jane Moneypenny, erstwhile secretary to M and frequent confidant of James Bond. The novel successfully operates on three fronts: First, it tells us about who Miss Moneypenny is, where she came from, how she wound up in the Secret Service, and her feelings toward M and James Bond. Second, the novel describes a series of incidents from Moneypenny's tenure with the Secret Service (which relate to the mysterious disappearance of her father during World War II). Third, it describes Bond in the wake of the assassination of his wife Teresa di Vicenzo (Tracy Draco). Much of this culminates in an adventure, told from Moneypenny's point of view, in which she assists Bond during the Cuban Missile Crisis. This book is an absolute must for any fan of the James Bond novels. Westbrook (a pseudonym) has gotten the tone just right and has thrown in many interesting little tidbits and factoids for Bond aficionados to play with. ( )
  MSWallack | Jan 12, 2008 |
I have almost zero interest in James Bond, but this book grabbed my attention and I'm glad it did. Quite clever once it gets going - if only everything didn't always come back to poor old 007. ( )
  zerraweth | May 27, 2007 |
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My heart breaks for James---so begin the explosive, true, private diaries of Miss Jane Moneypenny, personal secretary to Secret Service chief M and colleague and confidante of James Bond. Bound by the Offcial Secrets Act not to reveal anything about her work, Miss Moneypenny is forced to lead a secretive, clandestine life. But, contrary to popular belief, she was not simply a bystander while James Bond saw all the action.

Miss Moneypenny’s experience with mystery stretches all the way back to her childhood in Africa, when her father inexplicably disappeared in action during World War II. Now, as a young woman in 1960s London, Miss Moneypenny unknowingly stumbles upon her father’s trail. In a position like hers, there’s no file she can’t access, and no document she can’t read. Yet Miss Moneypenny is forced to decide whether it’s worth risking everything---her job, her safety, and even international security---for the possibility of finding her father alive.

A life of espionage has personal as well as political ramifications. For Jane Moneypenny, the price is high. Romantic relationships with outsiders are necessarily built on lies, and she automatically questions the motives of every man she grows close to. For as her diary quickly reveals, Miss Moneypenny is involved in far more than office politics.

Guarding so many secrets and with no one to confide in, she finds herself breaking the first rule of espionage. Unbeknownst to anyone, she keeps a diary charting her innermost thoughts and state secrets.

These diaries should not have been written. They were never supposed to be read. . . .

Praise for The Moneypenny Diaries:

“Beats pretend-Flemings hands down.”
Literary Review (UK)

“Brilliant…Bridget Jones’ Diary crossed with Spooks, but set in the 60s.”
The Mirror (UK)

“There is more to Moneypenny than meets the GoldenEye, as she embarks on her very own secret mission…Read her riveting account in this explosive, page-turning diary.”
OK Magazine (UK)

--Joanna Lumley

“A thoroughly enjoyable romp”
--The Guardian (UK)

“A damned good read”
--Roger Moore

“A compelling tour de force”
--Jeffrey Deaver

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From her childhood in Kenya until her death in 1990, Jane Moneypenny led an extraordinary life. Contrary to popular belief, she was not simply a bystander whilst her colleague and confidante, James Bond, saw all the action. These are her diaries, which were never meant to be written or read.… (more)

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