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Kate Westbrook
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8 May 2006

Jane Moneypenny is the perfect example of chic sophistication and unflappable poise. She handles her cohort of unruly 00 agents with good-humoured grace. Yet, behind her polished perfection, she exudes a certain aura of mystery.

Indeed there is more to Miss Moneypenny than meets the eye. When she hears that her favourite agent James Bond's secret Cuban mission is jeopardised and his life in danger, she impulsively plunges into the glamorous, dangerous world of espionage to save his skin.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; paperback / softback edition (8 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719567424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719567421
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The secret adventures of James Bond's right-hand woman

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Oh, Jane..." 10 Nov 2005
The Moneypenny Diaries is the first in a trilogy of books by Samantha Weinberg (a.k.a. Kate Westbrook) chronicling the heretofore untold adventures of M’s popular personal secretary. Until now, Miss Moneypenny has only been a figure behind a desk with a particular fascination for an agent with the number 007. But now she has a first name (Jane), a rich past (colonial Africa), and quite a few “Bondian” tales to tell of her own. The Moneypenny Diaries also reveal exactly what happened to 007 during those dark days between the books 'On Her Majesty’s Secrete Service' and 'You Only Live Twice.' We even get to see Bond and Moneypenny join forces and play a major role in the real-life Cuban Missile Crisis!
This book is very well done and a must for Bond fans. It's so nice to see a Bond adventure set in the 1960s again. Fans of the films might be a bit surprised to see their super agent in such a poor mental state after the murder of his wife, Tracy...but that's what makes the Bond books such a different (and, IMO, a far more rich) experience. The Moneypenny Diaries is a great way to start that experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rivetting read 30 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Many of us have wondered how much of the entertaining escapades of 007 portrayed in Ian Flemings books, are founded in fact. The series of silver screen 007s, whether with smooth Casanova style or rugged charm, overcoming or outwitting an endless variety of villains in fabulous locations, has only increased the sense of myth. Now, the Moneypenny Diaries reveals all. Dr Westbrook has been fastidous in her research, as attested by the copious footnotes, which unquestionably link the events in Miss Moneypenny's diaries to the Cuban missile crisis. The extracts from the diaries themselves, provide a unique insight into the world of the secret service, the personality of Mr Bond, and the stress of working undercover. Miss Moneypenny herself comes to vividly to life, proving to be an engaging and adventurous personality with a great deal of personal and professional integrity, and the odd moment of Bridget Jones angst too. During her lifetime she clearly inspired her niece, whose fascination and affection for her aunt leap out of the page. At the end Dr Westbrook lets on that she is now editing the next volume of here aunt's journals, and I closed this book in expectation of another volume of rivetting reading to look forward to - hopefully soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow... if you thought Fleming was good..... 28 Oct 2005
By A Customer
What a book. I didnt think it was possible to "out Bond" Bond. Charlie Higson managed it with Silverfin but Dr Westbrook has found a gem in these diaries that is the perfect read. I hope there are more volumes to be discovered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to the Bond canon 12 April 2008
By Annabel Gaskell VINE VOICE
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A very clever and entertaining novel, the first of a planned trilogy, that manages to fill in the gaps around Fleming's James Bond books convincingly. Written as diaries edited after Moneypenny's death by her niece, we get a realistic backstory of Moneypenny's childhood in Africa; her recruitment into the secret service; and her relationships with boss M, the 00 agents and other MI6 employees.
The starting point is Bond's return to work after the death of his wife Tracy Draco (at the end of OHMSS), and coincides with the real events of the Bay of Pigs debacle and the Cuban Missiles Crisis. The use of real events alongside Fleming's fictional ones gives some gravitas to the novel, and explanatory footnotes on all the people involved - real and imagined, and the workings of the secret service all add to this pseudo-realism.
A brilliant and worthy addition to the Bond-lover's reading list - I can't wait until the next one!
(NB: Retitled as 'The moneypenny diaries: Guardian Angel' for its paperback edition).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great spy story - and not chicklit 2 Aug 2013
By Rasmus
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This is simply a great series! If you are not a Bond-fan, you will just enjoy the pacing of a great adventure. If you are a fan of the Bond movies, you will enjoy all the familiar persons from 007's universe, and if you are a fan of Ian Fleming's litterary James Bond (not the movie-version), you will be amazed at the level of attention to detali that Samatha Weinberg (Kate Westbrook) has managed to put into the book. The Moneypenny Diaries is a series of three books: 1) Guardian Angel, 2) Secret Servant and 3) Final Fling. They are really great books! I have read them and enjoyed them (I'm a Bond-fan), and my wife has read them too, and she is now a Moneypenny-fan!
Seek them out, buy them and enjoy reading them!
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4.0 out of 5 stars oh moneypenny 29 Jun 2013
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a book that is not only for the bond fan, but a good read all the same, if your only after bond, this may not be for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 10 Jan 2013
The book was perfectly as said! As new and exactly as described. I'm reading it at the moment, seems really good.
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