His favourite novel was supposedly “The Magic Mountain” by Thomas Mann (author of “Death In Venice”). “All Night At Mr Stanyhurst`s”, by Hugh Edwards, was another fave. Fleming convinced his British publisher, Jonathan Cape, to reprint it; Fleming wrote an introduction to the novel.
Fleming may have read “Appointment in Samarra” before including it as a chapter title to “You Only Live Twice”. “Samarra” in its first edition fetches $5,000 a copy today.