Strike Lightning!

28 Sep 2016

My latest Young Bond novel is out, and to launch STRIKE LIGHTNING I went to Fettes College – the setting for the first third of the book, and the actual school that James Bond attended in Edinburgh, according to Ian Fleming!

I tried to channel some of Roger Moore’s suaveness but may have accidentally become The Saint instead of Bond!


Fettes College have been so helpful right the way along. They put me in touch with old boys who were actually at Fettes in the 1930s like Bond, and allowed me to tour the school, including all the secret nooks and crannies!

I decided to place James in Glencorse House at Fettes, and was honoured when I was presented with special ‘leaver’s cufflinks’ from Glencorse on James’s behalf.

Steve Cole given Fettes house Glencorse cufflinks

You can read more about my visit to Fettes by clicking here.

From Edinburgh I went on to Newcastle for more events, including one at the Royal Grammar School.


A massive thunderstorm in the night had woken everyone, myself included, about 4am so discussing Strike Lightning seemed extra-appropriate!

I hope you’ll enjoy Strike Lightning. Critics are saying it’s my best so far.

  • Wow! Meeting Bond’s “classmates” must have been exciting. Are all the school secrets you discovered “For Your Eyes Only”, or are there any you can share?

  • I suppose that lighting storm was pretty scary! It’s a strange coincidence that it happened when you talked about ‘Strike Lightning’…!

  • Dear Steve,
    My daughter Josie reads all your books and has even met you! Just a quick note from me, her mum and a professional translator though: On page 6 of Strike Lightning it should say either Erschiessen Sie den Eindringling oder Schiessen Sie auf den Eindringling, depending on whether he is to be shot dead or shot at. We Germans are nothing if not precise. At the moment it says shoot the intruder, as in ‘across the room, as if he were an object’. 🙂 I have not looked at the rest of the German in the text but would be happy to do so if you were interested. Take care and keep on writing.
    Kind regards,

  • Hi Steve, I was wondering if you might be able to help me with a Charity Cook Book I’m putting together for our new registered charity Ducklings. We’re the hospital school at the QMC in Nottingham.

    We are currently in the process of putting together our second ever Charity Cook Book, and we would very much love for you to send us a recipe of your favourite ‘Comfort Food’ and the reasons behind why it is your favourite. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just something that you love to cook and why…

    We would love to get some Children’s authors to contribute recipes and whilst I was reading one of your books to my youngest son last night I thought!! I know… Steve Cole would be perfect!

    If you can help us with a recipe.. and maybe a signed book or picture then our details are.

    Hospital and Home Education Learning Centre
    QMC Education Centre E Floor, East Block
    Queen’s Medical Centre
    NG7 2UH

    Deadline is the end of January 2017

    Thanks so much, Richard.


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