Books Weekly News Digest – February 6th 2015

Books Weekly News Digest – February 6th 2015

Another Year Of Waiting For Game of Thrones Fans…

So, it looks like it’s going to be another year of waiting for The Winds of Winter; the highly-anticipated sixth novel in George RR Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series. Despite speculation that the book would be arriving this year, HarperCollins confirmed that the earliest it will hit shelves is 2016. Jane Johnson, Martin’s publisher at HarperCollins, said that “these are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write.”

As well as being complex, the author’s books are renowned for being long. Johnson added that “fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers.” In the meantime, an illustrated edition of three previously anthologised novellas will be published in October. The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight will make up the prequel trilogy, entitled ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.’ The books are set ten years before ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ in the world of Westeros.

In other news, it was also revealed this week that three fantasy adventure stories written by Martin are going to be adapted for the big screen. The film, entitled In the Lost Lands, is being written and directed by German director Constantin Werner.

If you need to refresh your memory of the books before the sixth novel comes out then The ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series is available on our online store!

Harper Lee To Publish Second Novel This Year

An unpublished novel written by To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee will be published later this year. According to a number of sources, Lee finished Go Set a Watchman back in the 1950s, but she put the novel to one side to focus on To Kill a Mockingbird; a book which has sold over 40 million copies across the globe. Go Set a Watchman is set in the fictional town of Maycomb and features Scout Finch as an adult. The book is due to be released on the 14th of July and will be Lee’s second published novel.

A Book That Judges YOU By Your Cover

You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “never judge a book by its cover,” but have you ever heard of a book that judges you by the cover?! Dutch creative studio Moore has created a book that will only reveal its pages if it detects a ‘non-judgemental’ face. It works through an integrated camera, which scans the readers face and only opens if they have a neutral expression.

Take a look at The Cover That Judges You website to watch a video of the book in action… what do you think?

Britain Produces More Books Per Capita Than Any Other Country

Data from the International Publishers Association (IPA) has revealed that Britain produces more books per capita than any other country in the world. A total of 184,000 books were produced in 2014, which translates into 2,870 books per million inhabitants. The US and China produced more titles, at 304,912 and 444,000 respectively, but ranked only 12th and 25th when populations were taken into account.

Commenting on Britain’s results, IPA chief executive Richard Mollet said: “We have a great storytelling tradition. We’ve got centuries of publishing history and a vibrant creative economy.” Last year, academic texts made up almost one third of Britain’s sales by value. Non-fiction titles, such as Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks and Guinness Book of Records, accounted for 25% of output, while fiction accounted for 18%.

Irvine Welsh Confirmed For Glasgow’s Aye Write Festival

Controversial Scottish writer Irvine Welsh has been confirmed for this year’s 10th Aye Write Festival, which will be taking place from the 17th-25th of April in Glasgow. Welsh will be reading from his latest book, Decent Ride, and he’ll be joined by fellow authors Alexander McCall Smith, Patrick Gale and Kirsty Logan. Jane Wilde Hawking, former wife of physicist Stephen Hawking, will also be at the festival to talk about her memoir. Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen inspired the recent award-winning film, The Theory of Everything.

To find out what else is happening at the event, take a look at the Aye Write website.

Milan Kundera’s Novel To Be Published In English This June

Czech-born writer Milan Kundera’s first novel in 12 years is set to be published in English on the 18th of June. The Festival of Insignificance” was initially published in Italy two years ago and has since been released in French, German and Spanish. The book has been described as a “wryly comic yet deeply serious glance at the ultimate insignificance of life and politics, told through the daily loves of four friends in modern-day Paris.” Kundera has written a number of novels, including The Book of Laughter and Forgetting and The Joke, as well as several plays and short stories.

We stock a range of Milan Kundera’s works. Take a look!

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