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.
'Robert Harling was a man of many talents, who worked with Ian Fleming in naval intelligence and journalism, as well as being a thriller writer himself. He has produced a memoir of his close friend that is full of fascinating anecdotes, and that, without glossing over the imperfections of its subject, manages to be affectionate, humorous and insightful. The result is a wonderful treat - a welcome addition to the literature about 007's creator.' - Andrew Lycett; 'Searingly, almost painfully honest, this picture of the sex-and-danger-saturated relationship between Harling and Fleming is as gripping and as challenging as the best of the Bond novels.' - Anna Blundy; 'Anyone seriously interested in the melancholic Old Etonian Scot who created James Bond will fall on this long-lost memoir with genuine joy. Robert Harling's authentic book is funny and frank and revealing about Ian Fleming and his social milieu, with real sadness under all the banter.' - Nicholas Rankin; 'This book not only explains the extraordinary success of Ian Fleming; it is an eyewitness account of the growth of design and fashion after the Second World War by the man whose genius created both.' - Nicolas Barker; "Harling brings a unique and authoritative perspective to a compelling subject." - Literary 007