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.
It won’t be long now until my new book, A Lifetime, is released. In the meantime, here is an extract from the opening chapter:
I was born in a bure, a small hut crafted from wood and straw that sat in a a cluster of others, looking like some Neolithic, sun-drenched piece of paradise. Despite appearances; it was far from paradise.
The huts were in a sugarcane plantation that worked the residents, my parents included, to the bone. They worked tirelessly for very little money. It was barely enough to keep themselves clothed and fed, let alone their families. My father was working on the day I was born, the day that an untrained midwife — a woman plucked from the sugarcane field to assist my screaming, agonized mother — dragged me from the comfort of my mother’s womb.
I came into the world kicking, screaming and suffering under the incompetence of others and I spent my childhood in much the same way. From a very early age I worked as hard as my parents did. I had no comforts, few friends, no time to play, nothing to play with and not much of a life to live. My parents loved me, they gave me all I could have hoped for, but they couldn’t do anything to make my life easier, to give me the life that a child deserves.
I strived to work hard and to make my own way in the world. When I was old enough, after many difficult years on the plantation, I stowed away on a container ship and left the country of my birth. I didn’t know where I was going, didn’t really know anything of the world beyond my small island home, but I was determined to make it wherever the ship took me.