Good points, D.Todd and Christopher. I even remember your anecdote, Christopher! And yes, your style is your own: I wouldn't ever deny that. Looking forward to your new novel to see what is different about it and your tie-in
I did include Faulks in little line up because of his brilliant Bond novel, which was very
Flemming, and little like Bird Song
though perhaps a bit like Charlotte Grey
. Anyway, good points & I see what you both mean.