George RR Martin breaks sales records with fifth Game of Thrones novel

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18 July 2011
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The fantasy author need not have worried about spoilers after Amazon despatched copies of A Dance with Dragons early ...
George RR Martin got himself into quite a tizz when an Amazon employee in Germany despatched copies of his latest novel before the official publication date of 12 July.

But the fantasy author need not have worried, if his first day sales are anything to go by. Buoyed by the success of HBO's adaptation A Game of Thrones, the fifth novel in his series A Song of Ice and Fire, A Dance with Dragons sold 298,000 copies in its first day, more than any other title published in the US or Canada all year.

The 1,000-page doorstep, which has been six years in the writing, has some surprises in store for followers of the earlier books in the series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows. Perhaps drawing on his own fiction for inspiration, George threatened to decapitate the unwitting Amazon staff member, fearing that an eager fan who received a copy early might post spoilers on the internet.

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