A Real Bond Author

A woman will write Bond novels. Here are exerts from a 2016 interview with Kim Sherwood. She lists Fleming and Chandler as two of her favorite authors. Opposing a woman who sympathizes with Jewish survivors’ of the Holocaust, will prove very difficult – for some! I have a IN with my grandparents being close with Black Mask Writers. I might own triple immunity from being cast off Zion Island, because of the attack on me and my muse – who inspired the famous Rosamond to take up art. There are two books and two movie scripts about her. Also, our cousin, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor married a Jew, and became a Jew. 

John John 

Who are you favourite writers?

I always struggle with that question. For me it’s like being asked for a favourite family member. So here is an incomplete and overly long list, in no particular order  – Hilary Mantel, Michael Chabon, Kazuo Ishiguro, Zadie Smith, Ali Smith, Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie, Elmore Leonard, Ian Fleming, Raymond Chandler, Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Imre Kertész, David Albahari, P.G. Wodehouse, Anne Michaels, Jane Austen, Daniel Defoe… I could happily keep going, but I’ll stop myself there.


Testament made us all weep. Did you cry while writing it?

I cried while researching it, especially when reading witness testimonies given just after liberation from the camps. At one point, when I was reading about the attempts of parents in Budapest to get their children into protected houses run by the Red Cross, I got a call from Amnesty International. The man on the phone was so surprised by the speed at which I offered to donate he asked if I had a personal connection to their work. He then had to endure me explaining my research while recovering from tears for a good ten minutes.

You’ve said Testament is a very personal book, inspired in part by your grandmother…

It was inspired by both my grandparents in different ways. I was very close with my grandfather on my mother’s side, the actor George Baker. I found his death very difficult. At the same time, my grandmother on my father’s side began to tell me about her experiences as a child in fascist Hungary. My grandmother is a Holocaust Survivor. I began to research the things she was telling me in order to try and understand them better. I had recently visited Berlin and gone to the Jewish Museum. There, I wondered if it might be possible to use the architectural voids of the Museum to structure a novel. That idea gave me a way to write about my grief for my grandfather and my need to try and fathom what had happened to my grandmother and our family. That said, I also made sure the novel took a different direction from my grandmother’s history, because it’s not my place to write her story.

Tell us about your teaching work….

I taught literature and creative writing at UEA at undergraduate level for two years, as well as being a dissertation supervisor. This Spring I taught on the Critical and Creative Writing MA at the University of Sussex. For that class, we spent time at The Keep, the archive at Sussex. We took inspiration from the Mass Observation diaries, Virginia Woolf’s letters. I love teaching. I always leave a classroom happier than I was when I went in.

A prize-winning novel following a young woman uncovering the truth about her family’s past in the Hungarian Holocaust.

Her family was always complicated. It’s why Eva was closest to her grandfather: a charismatic painter – and a keeper of secrets. So when he dies, she’s hit by a greater loss – of the questions he never answered, and the past he never shared.

It’s then she finds the letter from the Jewish Museum in Berlin. They have uncovered the testimony he gave after his forced labour service in Hungary, which took him to the death camps and then to England as a refugee. This is how he survived.

But there is a deeper story that Eva will unravel – of how her grandfather learnt to live afterwards. As she confronts the lies that have haunted her family, their identity shifts and her own takes shape. The testament is in her hands.

Kim Sherwood’s extraordinary first novel is a powerful statement of intent. Beautifully written, moving and hopeful, it crosses the tidemark where the third generation meets the first, finding a new language to express love, legacy and our place within history


Rosamond Press

I have proven I am a valid author of James Bondish books, even though I have not completed and published one. Reading about THE END of Bond Movies, Bond Roles, and Bond Actors is a Art Piece, in that the producers and makers conclude there are no more Real Bond Books to be written by a bonified Bond Writer. It reads like a shipwreck and salvage job that reminds me of the claptrap Syndey Morris instigated when he sold the Rosamond Creative Legacy to an Inept Salvage Crew – who destroyed – THE WRECK! Christine wanted me to be her manager, and I told my daughter I could teach her The Family Style so she could carry on. Christine Rosamond could have gotten in on the Bond Bandwagon and produced much artwork for Broccoli.

My love affair with Lara Roozemond is at an end. She will not make a good…

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