HC sets date for next Song of Ice and Fire novel

HarperCollins has confirmed a firm publication date for the fifth installment of A Song of Ice and Fire.

A Dance With Dragons, which has been six years in the writing and is HarperCollins' most rescheduled book, will be published on 12th July in hardback and e-book.

Jane Johnson, Voyager publishing director, said: "Even without the few remaining chapters which George is still completing it's a monster: over 2000 pages in manuscript. But (as his publisher I can't believe I'm saying this) it's been well worth waiting for. It's a towering achievement, a landmark novel."

The first volume of A Song of Ice and Fire has been adapted for the small screen, with HBO airing A Game Of Thrones in April on Sky Atlantic.