Talk | 12 Sep 19

Desmond Bagley’s Domino Island with Michael Davies

Talk | 12 Sep 19

Desmond Bagley’s Domino Island with Michael Davies

Discovered after more than 40 years, a vintage action-adventure novel by one of
the world’s most successful thriller writers, involving murder, corruption and a
daring hijack in the Caribbean…

Bill Kemp, an ex-serviceman working in London as an insurance investigator, is sent to the Caribbean to determine the legitimacy of an expensive life insurance claim following the inexplicable death of businessman David Salton. His rapidly inflated premiums immediately before his death stand to make his young widow a very rich lady!

Once there, Kemp discovers that Salton’s political ambitions had made him a lot of enemies, and local tensions around a forthcoming election are already spilling over into protest and violence on the streets. Salton also had friends in unexpected places, including the impossibly beautiful Leotta Tomsson, to whom there is much more than meets the eye. Kemp realises that Salton’s death and the local unrest are
a deliberate smokescreen for an altogether more ambitious plot by an enemy in their midst, and as the island comes under siege, even Kemp’s army training seems feeble in the face of such a determined foe.

Unseen for more than 40 years and believed lost, Domino Island was accepted for publication in 1972 but then replaced by a different novel to coincide with the release of The Mackintosh Man, the Paul Newman film based on Bagley’s earlier novel The Freedom Trap. It is a classic Bagley tour de force with an all-action finale.

Desmond Bagley was a multi-million-copy selling author of 16 adventure thrillers, all still in print. Moving to South Africa after WW2, his transition from unskilled printer’s apprentice, aircraft engineer, miner, nightclub photographer and radio scriptwriter to one of the world’s most respected thriller writers is legendary, described by The Times as a ‘craftsmanlike thriller novelist’. Returning to the UK in the 1960s, he lived with his wife Joan in Devon and then in Guernsey, where a blue plaque was unveiled in his honour in 2018.

Michael Davies began his career as a newspaper journalist, going on to edit numerous publications. Since moving into fiction, his writing has appeared on stage, screen, radio, the printed page and online. His debut play, ‘Rasputin’s Mother’, won the national playwriting competition and subsequent work includes scripts, novels, radio plays and short stories. Most recently, he wrote the book and lyrics for Tess – The Musical, an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’. As a lifelong Desmond Bagley fan, he is delighted to have ‘curated’ the new Bagley novel Domino Island, nursing it from first-draft manuscript to full publication.

There will be BSL interpretation for this event.