Finally, a New Book from Khaled Hosseini is Coming

By February 23, 2018 Authors, New Releases

If you loved the Kite Runner and you couldn’t get enough of A Thousand Splendid Suns then you can probably call yourself a true Hosseini fan, and so you’ll be as excited as we are to hear he has a brand new novel coming later this year.

An essential voice in contemporary literature, American/Afghan Hosseini has quickly become one of the best loved novelists in the world, and we’re hoping his new book will live up to his name.

Hosseini’s new book ‘Sea Prayer’ is a little different to his previous releases, for one it’s not set in Afghanistan. It’s also much shorter, and illustrated. Sea Prayer is set around the ongoing humanitarian crisis as we continue to see the biggest movement of refugees since World War II. Sea Prayer hits the shelves in September and promises to be as hard hitting and powerful as his previous novels.

The book is being released to complement a short, interactive  movie on the same subject, you can watch that here:

Hosseini has proven adept at giving voice to things that have for a long time been silent to us in the West. In The Kite Runner he addressed the political changes in Afghanistan since the 1970s, the war on terror and life caught in the middle, from the perspective of an Aghan child. This debut novel was a bestseller, made into a major movie, and the books released since by the author have proven just as readable.

Hosseini said he was inspired to write this work after seeing the now infamous picture of Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian boy whose body was photographed washed up on the shores of Turkey in 2015. This book tells of a family not dissimilar to this one and gives voice to those who have felt compelled to make treacherous journeys and take perilous risks just to get to safety.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Finally has a Release Date

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When the Harry Potter illustrated series by Jim Kay was first announced we were promised a book a year, making buying Christmas presents very easy! However, when it came to the Autumn of 2018 it was announced that there would be no Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated in time for Christmas.

Rumour was that Jim Kay was struggling to finish in time, given the length of the later books. If true it’s not great news as it means that it’s likely to be an ongoing problem as the books get longer.

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Salman Rushdie to Publish Don Quixote Inspired Novel

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Salman Rushdie is to publish a Don Quixote inspired novel later this year. Quichotte is inspired by the Miguel de Cervantes classic text and tells the story of an ageing travelling salesman who falls inn love with a TV star and sets off across America on a quest to prove himself worthy.

Based on the classic novel, it’s a story of a derange time, relationships, racism, and even the end of the world. Bea Hemming from Vintage publishing described the novel as “Quichotte sees Salman Rushdie at the height of his powers. Intricately plotted, wildly original, tender, comic and deeply moving, Quichotte is both an ingenious homage to Cervantes and a book that speaks urgently to our unstable times.”

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Peaky Blinders Tie-In Book Coming

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Later this year comes the fifth series of The Peaky Blinders to the BBC, the much loved show based on gang activity in the early 20th Century. Earlier in the run we brought you a blog featuring books that you’d love if you love the Peaky Blinders, including some non-fiction reading about the time the show is based around and now comes the news that the first tie-in book for the series is coming in the Autumn.
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Handmaid’s Tale Graphic Novel Coming Very Soon

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Later this month a graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale will be released. Canadian artist Renee Nault has been working on this visual representation of the classic for the last four years and the book will be released in hardback on 26th March with pre-orders available on the link at the bottom of this piece.

The new book is released “With the aim of making this edition a standalone work of art, she has brought Atwood’s terrifying modern classic to vivid life as never before,” said the publisher Jonathan Cape for the UK release, while Doubleday will publish the US version of the graphic novel.

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Two Tie-In Books Coming for Good Omens Adaptation

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You can’t have failed to hear the news that Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, has been adaptation by the BBC and Amazon Studios. Neil Gaiman is heavily tied in with the production so we have high hopes for the adaptation, and today we’ve heard the news that there are two tie-in books coming to accompany the new series.

Good Omens will air on Amazon Prime Video on 31st May 2019, announced just last week along with the opening credits and some news from the adaptation, and now fans will be able to get their hands on two companion books in time for release.

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