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The Winds of Winter release date: Publishers clarify when book is coming after Amazon France 'leak'

Has George RR Martin finished the sixth part in the A Song of Ice & Fire series?

Jack Shepherd
Tuesday 06 September 2016 10:42 BST
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has written a series of WEsteros-set novellas
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has written a series of WEsteros-set novellas (Tolga Akmen/REX/Shutterstock)

UPDATE: The US publishers of The Winter Winds have revealed that no release date has been announced for the book.

Random House told EW: "As his publisher, we support George RR Martin as he works hard to finish The Winds of Winter. Any on-sale dates currently listed online for the novel are incorrect. Once we have a publication date for The Winds of Winter, the world will know.”

UK publishers Voyager Books/Harper Collins were slightly more ambiguous, telling The Independent: "nothing has been finalised regarding the publication or the date".

George RR Martin has apologised again and again for delaying the release of the sixth part in the A Song of Ice & Fire series, so-much-so that fans have come to subdue all hopes of the book reaching stores anytime soon.

However, with the release of various sample chapters within the last year, expectations have been gradually rising. Thanks to an Amazon France placeholder page, a new release date has been sending fans into a frenzy.

The retailer’s website has the book listed for a 9 March 2017 release, making the gap between The Winds of Winter and A Dance With Dragons almost six years.

This should, of course, be taken with a huge grain of salt: while leaked information from retailers is sometimes correct, it is often merely a mistake on their system.

Last week, reports circulated that a new International Standard Book Number for The Winds of Winter had been registered - 9780553801538 - hinting that a release may be impending.

Meanwhile, season seven of HBO’s Game of Thrones TV series is currently filming in Northern Ireland. Recently, two esteemed British actors have been linked to the show, Angela Lansbury and Jim Broadbent.

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