Monday, August 24, 2009

New Books this Summer ... *NOT*

A few months ago, I wrote (here, and here) about the upcoming publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation of The Book of Jonah. As I said there, the publisher informed me that the original publi-cation was being bumped from July to “the end of August”. Well, since the end of August is now approaching rapidly, I dropped them a line to inquire again.

Alack! We are now looking at February, 2010. My contact explained: “I’m afraid we’ve had to postpone this title with a view to publish at the same time as Doubleday in the US. The new date is now late February 2010. You might want to keep an eye on Doubleday for their own release date as we will not be able to sell our own edition in the US.”

So, in addition to the new date, there is now the fact that Doubleday will be publishing an edition in the United States (where Darton, Longman & Todd will not be selling theirs). There is nothing at the Knopf Doubleday website as yet, so I can’t comment on price and contents of the U.S. edition for now. I will certainly keep you apprised when/ if I learn anything more.


  1. Does that mean that the book won't be published in the US until Febrary 2010, but earlier elsewhere?

  2. Well, my order was just cancelled...

  3. Yes, I’m afraid it’s unlikely to be available anywhere before February, 2010 — and I would give you odds it’ll be delayed yet again after that. At least, that’s the inference I took from my recent communication with the publisher.

  4. Ah, now Amazon just informed me that my order has been restored...

  5. I think Amazon is confused. ;)


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