My book “A Lifetime” will be released on the 17th of this month. It’s a very anxious and exciting time for me, I can’t wait. It’s not exactly ‘hotly anticipated’ by anyone but a select few, but in the spirit of my own anticipation, I threw together a small list of books that everyone else is waiting for:
The Winds of Winter
A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy books by George R. R. Martin that first made an appearance back in 1996, with Game of Thrones. The series has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and has seen spin offs in video games, board games, card games and on television. The sixth novel, The Winds of Winter, is due for release some time in 2015.
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
It has been fifteen years since Helen Fielding released the last Bridget Jones book, but the sultry, hapless heroine is due to make a long awaited reappearance in October with Mad About the Boy.
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
This forthcoming release earned the author of the sitcom “Girls” a $3.7 million advance. The book is going to be a compilation of essays of everything from dieting to dressing, it doesn’t sound like the makings of a bestseller but it’ll need to do something special for the publishers to recoup their money. Not That Kind of Girl is due for release on October 10th.
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
This hotly antiquated title is due out in a little under two weeks. Doctor Sleep is a sequel to the 1977 hit The Shining, and has had King fans trembling in excitement since it was announced back in 2009.
J. D. Sallinger
The reclusive author of Catcher in the Rye wrote many books throughout his lifetime that he never sent away for publication. If his biography Salinger, is to be believed, we can expect a series of his books to be released from 2015 through to 2010.
Out of pure curiosity, I’ve been searching through lists of the most expensive books in the world. Unsurprisingly, the list was topped by first editions of books that are 100s of years old, from Shakespeare’s First Folio, to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. These books are worth millions, and rightly so. They are pieces both of history and of literature, as valuable as any golden trinkets from the same age.
Amongst these books was a much newer one: J.K Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard. J.K created seven of these, each of them handwritten and illustrated. She gave them away to friends and families, only for one of them to find its way into auction in 2007 where it was picked up by Amazon for nearly $4 million! (it was expected to receive a mere $100k).