English novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard has died at the age of 90. The Cazalet Chronicle author passed away at her home in Bungay, Suffolk on Thursday (02Jan14) after a short illness, according to the BBC.
Howard began her career as a theatre actress and broadcaster before winning the the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1951 for her first novel, The Beautiful Visit.
She then published five installments of The Cazalet Chronicle, her most famous works.
The first two, The Light Years and Marking Time, were turned into a TV series titled The Cazalets.
Her novel, Getting It Right, was adapted into a 1989 movie, which was directed by Grease filmmaker Randal Kleiser.
Howard was also made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
She was married to British conservationist Peter Scott, Jim Douglas-Henry, and fellow novelist Sir Kingsley Amis.
British author Colin Wilson has died. He was 82. The novelist was admitted to hospital in Cornwall, England in October (13) suffering from pneumonia, and he passed away on 5 December (13).
A prolific writer who focused on true crime and the paranormal, Wilson first came to prominence with his 1956 philosophy publication The Outsider.
The work led him to be hailed among the era's great young male writers alongside the likes of Kingsley Amis and John Osborne.
He went on to receive criticism for the vast number of topics covered in his subsequent books, which focused on subjects ranging from alien abductions to the occult.
Wilson, who wrote more than 150 books, won a cult following for his The Spider World trilogy and The Space Vampires.
He suffered a stroke last year (12).
Crime writer Jeffery Deaver's untitled new James Bond novel is due for release in May (11) and he tells the USA Today newspaper there are some big changes in store for 007.
The writer says, "The novel is set in the present day, in 2011. Bond is a young agent for the British secret service. He’s 29 or 30 years old, and he’s an Afghan war vet."
Current Bond Craig is 42 and the literary 007, created by Ian Fleming in the 1950s, would be close to 90.
Deaver is not the first renowned writer to tackle Bond - Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Sebastian Faulks have each taken the baton from Fleming, who died in 1964 - but Deaver insists his 007 will be a very different superspy.
He adds, "I want to stay true to the original James Bond, who many people don’t know much about.
"People know Daniel Craig, they know Pierce Brosnan, they know Roger Moore and Sean Connery, all of whom brought a great deal to the stories of 007. But the original Bond was a very dark, edgy character."
THE BONE COLLECTOR novelist JEFFERY DEAVER has been chosen to write a new JAMES BOND book to mark the birthday of original 007 author IAN FLEMING on 28 May 2011. Writers including Sebastian Faulks, Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Raymond Benson have all previously been chosen to create new Bond books since Fleming's death in 1964.