"I was covertly reading Plomer's autobiography"

William Charles Franklyn Plomer CBE (1903–1973) was a South African novelist and poet. He was also a literary editor, with a number of Ian Fleming's Bond books amongst the work he completed in this area.

Well known in his native country, Plomer later moved to England, where he acquired a publisher in Virginia Woolf and mingled with many other well known names in London's literary circles. He too became a credible literary editor with Faber and Faber.

In 1943 Plomer wrote 'Double Lives: An Autobiography', followed by, in 1958, 'At Home: Memoirs'.

Plomer died before he could complete this particular publication to his satisfaction and it was later incorporated into 'The Autobiography of William Plomer' in 1975.