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Bond is forever Over four decades after his creator, Ian Fleming, died, James Bond continues to be well and truly alive. A year after the latest Bond novel - Carte Blanche - penned by Jeffery Deaver was published, William Boyd has been revealed as the next writer to carry on Bond's adventures. Bond whose description in the Soviet files reads - height: 183 cm, weight: 76kg;slim build;eyes: blue;hair: black;scar down right cheek and on left shoulder;all-round athlete;expert pistol shot, boxer, knife-thrower;does not use disguises. Languages: French and German. Smokes heavily (NB: special cigarettes with three gold bands); vices: drink, but not to excess, and women - will be back as Boyd's creation in 2013. Boyd, who made his name writing literary novels such as A Good Man in Africa, has of late turned to thrillers like Ordinary Thunderstorms. He will be the seventh author to have a go at working on Bond.

Portable Potter

For the legion of Harry Potter fans here's some good news. Potter's creator, J K Rowling, who is hard at work on her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, has confirmed that she is also working on her long-promised encyclopedia of the Harry Potter world. However, she has ruled out another Potter novel. "I have no immediate plans to write another Harry Potter novel, and I do think that I have rounded off Harry's story in the seven published books, " says Rowling.

Blank year

For the first time in 35 years, the Pulitzer Prize board has announced there's no fiction prize for 2012. There are some who are blaming the three-member fiction jury who read 341 novels and offered the board a shortlist that was lacking in heft. In the shortlist were: Train Dreams, a novella by Dennis Johnson;David Foster Wallace's The Pale King, unfinished at his death, and completed by his editor;and Swamplandia, the debut novel by Karen Russell.

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