Samantha Fletcher is a British Green Party politician, and under her maiden name of Samantha Weinberg, a novelist, journalist and travel writer. Educated at St Paul's Girls' School and Trinity College, Cambridge, she is the author of books such as A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth and the James Bond inspired trilogy The Moneypenny Diaries under the alias Kate Westbrook. She is assistant editor of Intelligent Life, the features and cultural magazine from The Economist.
In 1994 Weinberg wrote Last of the Pirates: in search of Bob Denard (ISBN 0224033077) about French mercenary Bob Denard. In 1995, she spent three months travelling in the United States with Daisy Waugh.
In 2003 she won the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction for her book Pointing from the Grave: a True Story of Murder and DNA (ISBN 0241141362), about the murder of biotechnologist Helena Greenwood in California in 1985 and the pioneering use of DNA profiling in tracing her killer 15 years later.
The Moneypenny Diaries
When Weinberg's agent, Gillon Aitken, was appointed the literary adviser to Ian Fleming Publications, she and Aitken pitched their idea for a series of James Bond novels centred on the character of Miss Moneypenny, M's personal secretary. The series, referred to as The Moneypenny Diaries, is a trilogy with three books and two short stories currently published under the alias of Moneypenny's editor, Kate Westbrook.
- The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel (2005)
- "For Your Eyes Only, James" (2006 short story)
- Secret Servant: The Moneypenny Diaries (2006)
- "Moneypenny's First Date With Bond" (2006 short story)
- The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling (2008)
- Waugh, Daisy (28 March 2010). "She's a Green Party pin-up - nothing less". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
- Samantha Weinberg Author Profile HarperCollins Publishers
- Samantha Weinberg Interview CommanderBond.net
- Centenary Exclusive: Interview With Money-penny Diaries Author Samantha Weinberg Double O Section, May 2008
- MI6.co.uk Samantha Weinberg Interview MI6 - The Home of James Bond 007, 19 November 2005
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