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George RR Martin teases Winds of Winter and Dream of Spring plot details | Books | Entertainment
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George RR Martin teases Winds of Winter and Dream of Spring plot details | Books | Entertainment

George RR Martin has been working on the penultimate Game of Thrones book The Winds of Winter for the last 13 years.Over the past week, the 75-year-old has been more active than usual on his blog, mentioning the upcoming novel in passing.His most recent post focuses on the dragons as portrayed in A Song of Ice and Fire.During the essay, the author shared what plot details he plans to reveal in The Winds of Winter and final book, A Dream of Spring.Martin wrote on his blog: “My dragons do not talk. They are relatively intelligent, but they are still beasts. They bond with men… some men… and the why and how of that, and how it came to be, will eventually be revealed in more detail in THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING and some in BLOOD & FIRE. (Septon Barth got much of it right)...
Winds of Winter release – George RR Martin on how next book will be announced | Books | Entertainment
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Winds of Winter release – George RR Martin on how next book will be announced | Books | Entertainment

This week marks 13 years since the publication of A Dance with Dragons, the latest book in A Song of Ice and Fire.Since then the Game of Thrones TV show has come and gone, while George RR Martin still has two novels in the series to go.The Winds of Winter is up next and now the 75-year-old author has addressed rumours surrounding its release in his latest blog post.The writer shared how he’s about to travel to the UK for the “longest trip we’ve taken in a while”.Aside from visiting the Northern Irish set of Game of Thrones spin-off The Hedge Knight, he’ll be visiting his publishers in London.Martin wrote: “We have a few more stops planned after Belfast, including one in London, where I will be getting together with my British publishers from Harper Collins Voyager. Let me say a few word...
Winds of Winter release delay – George RR Martin on Game of Thrones fan anger | Books | Entertainment
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Winds of Winter release delay – George RR Martin on Game of Thrones fan anger | Books | Entertainment

It’s been 13 years since George RR Martin last published a book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series.The Game of Thrones TV series has come and gone in that time, with showrunners having to rely on the author’s plot outlines for the final two novels The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.Five years on since the end of the hit show and the 75-year-old still hasn’t completed the next book.In his latest blog post, he addressed fan anger over the delay when writing about a chocolate model of him spotted at the Chocolate Museum in Barcelona.Martin blogged: “I find myself at a loss for words, but full of questions. Am I made of dark chocolate or milk chocolate? No idea. Am I solid chocolate, or do I have a filling? Nougat? Peanut butter? Nuts? Does the museum have a display of chocolate wr...
Harry Potter fans in stitches after ‘greatest’ translation | Books | Entertainment
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Harry Potter fans in stitches after ‘greatest’ translation | Books | Entertainment

Harry Potter fans found themselves in stitches, discovering what they have dubbed the "greatest-ever" translation of the beloved series, of which many were completely unaware.Highland influencer Trinix D Morrison left fans of the wizarding world bewildered with his reveal of a version of the first instalment in the best-selling series rendered in Scottish dialect.J.K. Rowling's original Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone had morphed into Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stane in this translation by Matthew Fitt.A viral video showcasing the novel, which attracted over 461,000 likes, saw him proclaim: "I may have found the greatest book ever written the other day. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?"He quickly corrects himself: "No, no. The Scots edition was translated into ...
Bookworms can enjoy a summer of free reading with big deal from Audible | Books | Entertainment
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Bookworms can enjoy a summer of free reading with big deal from Audible | Books | Entertainment

Summer is officially here and for many of us that's a time to get out into the sunshine. It can be a great time to get some reading done but is quite tricky when you've popped on your gardening gloves or are taking a minute to sunbathe in the garden to actually do it.However, there's a solution that allows you to reach your reading goals without having to even touch a book - letting you read all summer without lifting a finger. Audible, Amazon's audiobook service, has recently launched an offer that lets Prime members enjoy not just their first month for free, but their first three months. After this period, the service costs £7.99 per month on a rolling contract until you decide to cancel.Each month, subscribers receive one credit, which can be used to purchase any book on the site. If...
Black Sabbath: Our albums sold millions, so where was all the cash? | Music | Entertainment
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Black Sabbath: Our albums sold millions, so where was all the cash? | Music | Entertainment

Geezer on stage in 1973 (Image: Getty)Nobody expected an explosion, let alone a mortar bomb. It was 1980, the year after Black Sabbath had sacked Ozzy Osbourne, and the band were about to headline the Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. Their drummer Bill Ward had walked off the tour days before without a word.“We were nervous,” bassist Terence “Geezer” Butler tells me. “We’d never played Honolulu before and never played with our new drummer Vinnie Appice. Then a mortar bomb exploded between the dressing room and the stage…it left a great big hole. It was lucky nobody died. The stadium was near a US Army base. We were told it was troops ‘letting off steam’.”Craziness stalked the band right from their early days back in the late 1960s. Geezer still remembers his brother Jimmy’s words: “There’s some...
Hunger Games new book Sunrise on the Reaping release date announced | Books | Entertainment
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Hunger Games new book Sunrise on the Reaping release date announced | Books | Entertainment

Following her best-selling Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins published a prequel novel called The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.The book was set 64 years before the events of the original novel and its follow-up has been announced today.Sunrise on the Reaping will revisit the world of Panem 40 years later (24 years before The Hunger Games).The fifth book in the series will begin on the morning of the 50th Hunger Games reaping, also known as the Second Quarter Quell.Sunrise on the Reaping will be published on March 18, 2025 in print, digital and audio formats.Scholastic said: “Suzanne Collins has done it again, bringing us back to the world of Panem in order to ask us important questions about our own world.“Sunrise on the Reaping is a remarkable book, bringing new complexity, persp...
Elvis – Lisa Marie Presley’s posthumous autobiography title and cover unveiled | Books | Entertainment
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Elvis – Lisa Marie Presley’s posthumous autobiography title and cover unveiled | Books | Entertainment

Before her sudden death at just 54 last year, Lisa Marie Presley had been working on her memoir with her eldest daughter Riley Keough.The highly-anticipated work will delve into the late star’s childhood with her father Elvis Presley, who died when she was just nine to her four failed marriages including to Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage.No doubt her story will have plenty of highs too amid the difficulties of fame and the tragedy of her son Benjamin’s death at just 27.Today the cover has been unveiled as a photograph of her as a little girl on the King’s lap.Meanwhile, the posthumous autobiography is called Here to the Great Unknown.Presumably, this is a reference to Lisa Marie’s life (here) to that undiscovered country that is death. But it’s also a reference to a song.A few years a...
Tracy Beaker author leaves fans ‘in tears’ after announcing new series | Books | Entertainment
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Tracy Beaker author leaves fans ‘in tears’ after announcing new series | Books | Entertainment

Book fans are over the moon as an iconic children's author - who was a huge part of many childhoods - is making a comeback.Fans say it is "the best news ever" after Jacqueline Wilson confirmed she will be bringing out a new book. The author is best known for the creation of iconic character Tracy Beaker in the book The Story of Tracy Beaker - which later turned into the beloved TV show.Some of her other popular books include Double Act, Girls in Love, Vicky Angel, and Lola Rose. The impressive 78-year-old old author has written over 100 books and remains a household name.Taking to Instagram, one fan said her books "defined my preteen years" and "some of the books I credit for my love of reading", said another. Now Jacqueline says an adult sequel to the Girls series, Think Again, is comi...
Top crime writer raises alarm as ‘robot novelists’ threaten to destroy reading | Books | Entertainment
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Top crime writer raises alarm as ‘robot novelists’ threaten to destroy reading | Books | Entertainment

Ruth Ware has raised the alarm about AI 'authors' (Image: Mike Whorley Photography)Bestselling thriller writer Ruth Ware fears artificial intelligence is being used to churn out legions of poor novels that will make it harder for human authors to survive. With most already struggling to make a living, and many having to supplement their income with other jobs, the writer of the critically acclaimed The It Girl and Zero Days, believes AI tools, such as ChatGPT, will only make things harder.Ware, programming chair of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate this July, says: “Discoverability is already the biggest problem for writers and AI is only going to make that worse because there’s going to be an inordinate amount of ChatGPT-written novels, which are, to be hon...