Ian Fleming’s timeless children’s story about a flying car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is given a magical makeover in a new Folio edition with an exclusive afterword by Fergus Fleming.

Ian Fleming only wrote one children’s book but it became one of the best loved in Britain and beyond, and went on to inspire an iconic film with a script by Fleming’s friend Roald Dahl. Who couldn’t fail to fall in love with the antics of a decrepit ex-racing car saved from the wrecker’s yard and restored into a beautiful automobile with magical powers? Originally written as three standalone adventures, Chitty was based on bedtime stories the author told his son Caspar, and the first of them was eventually published just two months after Fleming’s untimely death.

This beautiful new edition pays homage to Fleming’s brilliant creation and includes every one of John Burningham’s unforgettable illustrations from the first editions. The author’s nephew, Fergus Fleming, has written an exclusive new afterword essay and this is illustrated with previously unpublished sketches, as well as photographs, some from the family archive, and Amherst Villiers’s original Chitty model designs.


Dad started the engine. It made two loud sneezes –
– and two small explosions –
– and thundered into life!

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