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The baton has officially passed, and it’s time now to look ahead to 2016 for the most anticipated releases and soon-to-be best-sellers. The Guardian has published their literary calendar and the BBC have a list of ten upcoming books to anticipate.

Flooding in the north of Britain has taken its toll on residents and businesses across major cities and tiny hamlets, but there has been an outpouring of support and aid for those afflicted. In one case, a severely damaged independent bookshop, the Book Case in Hebden Bridge, has received help from authors, such as Ian Rankin and Marian Keyes, who are auctioning off signed copies of their work to raise funds for the shop.

George R R Martin is delayed with his next book for the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and has had to apologise to his fans who are eagerly awaiting the sixth instalment – The Winds of Winter – in the long-running series. At this point, the TV adaptation, Game of Thrones, is on track to surpass the plot of the novels, with its sixth season due soon.

Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, now has a new story due out that will be available to read as a download on an app from Orion Books. The nineteenth-century drama, Belgravia, will be released in serialised format over ten weeks (eleven ‘episodes’) on e-readers from 8 April.

The New York Times is now going to feature a bi-weekly book column devoted to science fiction and fantasy literature reviews. ‘Otherwordly’ will be penned by N. K. Jemisin, the American author of the Inheritance trilogy.

And finally a reminder to anyone who missed it last night, but want to catch up: the first episode of the BBC’s new six-part War and Peace mini-series aired last night to a promising start. It managed to establish and summarise major plot points of this epic novel in succinct, charming fashion. On the big screen, there are plenty of book adaptations to look forward to this year, from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which, all jokes aside, looks like fun) to the final Divergent film, Allegiant; The BFG; The Girl on the Train (likely to be a big hit when it’s released in October); and of course Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to name a mere few.

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