Bad news for Game of Thrones fans (that's the show and the books)

It's been revealed that the sixth instalment in George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, which HBO's Game of Thrones is based on, will not be released this year.

Martin's publisher HarperCollins said it had "no information on likely delivery" for The Winds of Winter, which is now only going to be released in 2016 at the earliest.

"These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write," said Jane Johnson of HarperCollins.

"Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers."

Books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series tend to be over 1,000 pages long, with gaps of half a decade between publication dates.

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