Doctor SleepThe new Stephen King novel, DOCTOR SLEEP, publishes on 24 September 2013. But Hodder & Stoughton are giving one lucky fan the chance to read it ahead of publication. The winner will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement and then have just under 24 hours to read the pages alone in a luxury hotel room at The Langham, London.

Twenty runners up will receive a limited edition A3 poster for DOCTOR SLEEP.

To enter, fans have to explain in no more than 150 words, why they deserve to be the first UK fan to read DOCTOR SLEEP, via the competition tab on the Stephen King Books Facebook page:
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Check out the shareable DOCTOR SLEEP interactive image created using ThingLink technology:, where fans can watch an exclusive video, read an extract and follow regular updates on Stephen King from @HodderBooks.


STEPHEN KING to return to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, THE SHINING, in 2013

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of THE SHINING, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting, stand-alone novel, DOCTOR SLEEP picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and devoted to their comfortable Recreational Vehicles. But they live off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Following a childhood haunted by the time he spent with his parents at the Overlook Hotel, Dan Torrance has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles into a job at a nursing home in rural New Hampshire where his remnant ‘shining’ power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, Dan becomes ‘Doctor Sleep.’

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival…

Publication of the hardcover, eBook and digital download will be September 24, 2013.

And if you want a taster before then, check out the CD or digital download of The Wind through The Keyhole in which Stephen King reads the Prologue.

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