Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep : Film Tie-In

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor!

'By the end of this book your fingers will be mere stubs of their former selves . . . King's inventiveness and skill show no signs of slacking: Doctor Sleep has all the virtues of his best work' - Margaret Atwood, New York Times

An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

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Following a childhood haunted by terrifying events at the Overlook Hotel, Danny Torrance has been drifting for decades.

Finally, he settles into a job at a nursing home where he draws on his remnant 'shining' power to help people pass on.

Then he meets Abra Stone, a young girl with the brightest 'shining' ever seen. But her gift is attracting a tribe of paranormals. They may look harmless, old and devoted to their Recreational Vehicles, but The True Knot live off the 'steam' that children like Abra produce.

Now Dan must confront his old demons as he battles for Abra's soul and survival...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 40mm | 355g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 152937507X
  • 9781529375077
  • 47,432

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King's own supplies of creative steam show little sign of being depleted. * The Sunday Times * A powerful sequel to The Shining * Observer * King finds a mode of the supernatural that has a melancholic beauty * Guardian, Book of the Week * By the end of this book your fingers will be mere stubs of their former selves...King's inventiveness and skill show no signs of slacking: Doctor Sleep has all the virtues of his best work * Margaret Atwood, New York Times * A gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfelt * Financial Times * King is a very remarkable and singular writer. He can catch dialogue, throw away an observation or mint a simile, sometimes, brilliantly...Storytelling is everything - and by golly does he know how to carry the reader. * Observer * Doctor Sleep is King expertly returning to the milieu of his most beloved novels, combining not just elements from the original Shining but themes and imagery familiar from King's books, including Carrie, Salem's Lot, Firestarter and It. It also has a structure King has often utilised before, with a group of essentially good people having to band against a gang of baddies but within this structure King works masterful variations, showing just with a brilliant storyteller he is. When King is on form, as he is in Doctor Sleep, he has no rivals for sheer page-turning suspense. It is as addictive as anything he has written: a triumph from the world's finest horror novelist. * Sunday Express * It's a gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfelt. * Financial Times * King finds a mode of the supernatural that has a melancholic beauty while avoiding spiritualist blather * Guardian * Doctor Sleep is a warm, entertaining novel by a man who is no longer the prisoner of his demons, but knows where to find them when he needs to call on them. * Daily Telegraph * Thirty-six years on from his horror classic, THE SHINING, Stephen King's sequel shows he still has plenty of creative steam. * The Sunday Times * King has written a sequel, the tale of what happened to little Danny when he grew up. Need one say more? It cannot fail...the best thing to emerge from King's glittering, warped imagination is of mundane, small-town America corrupted by hidden forces...you cannot but respect his ruthless expertise as a storyteller...even those of us who would never freely pick up a Stephen King must genuflect to a master. * The Times * Stephen King's frightscapes are among the most incredible in literature, yet one believes in them unquestioningly. * Spectator * Terrifying and, as always, brilliantly-crafted tale, you won't be left wanting. But you may be left scared. * Sun * A magnificent sequel to one of the finest horror yarns written....Brilliant. * Daily Express * highly anticipated sequel to his bestselling 1977 novel The Shining. * Daily Express Saturday Mag * the book remains hopeful and hugely humane. -- John Connolly * Irish Times * Doctor Sleep has a tightness, an economy, after some of the lengthier novels of recent years, but also a lightness of touch. It reads less like a horror novel than a thriller and ends on a scene of intimate and intense human contact, a gift of consolation at the moment of death. -- John Connolly * Irish Times * King is too skilled a storyteller for Doctor Sleep to be anything other than unputdownable. * Mail On Sunday * Both an excellent sequel to The Shining and a strong novel in its own right, this is one of King's best books in the last decade. * SciFi Bulletin * Suspenseful, thrilling and packed with twists....an incredibly sincere piece of writing. * Time Out * It still grips, just differently than the original. * Shortlist * King still remains the daddy of them all. * Metro * ...the novel's deepest shiverings depend on no made-up devils. * Guardian * For the truth is, there are few writers who have such a way with character (and that character delivered through authorial peeks into thought and feeling, is so important in his books)...Once his stories get their hooks into you, they're impossible to put down....The denouement of the novel takes place in autumn, and that's no coincidence. You can practically smell the leaf piles burning, their fragrant smoke mixed with that of funeral pyres. * sfx.co.uk * This brilliant sequel....King [is] a genius at transforming the ordinary into the utterly horrific... * Evening Standard * This is the master on top form, drawing his readers in with his amazing storytelling power - first with the tension, then with the richness and details of the scene-setting and characterisation. * Daily Mail *
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About Stephen King

STEPHEN KING is the author of more than seventy books, all worldwide bestsellers. His recent titles include The Institute, which was described by the Sunday Express as a 'masterpiece', The Outsider (voted winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for best Mystery and Thriller 2018), and If It Bleeds.

Many of his titles have been turned into celebrated films, TV series and streamed events including IT, 'a book which speaks to everybody' (Guardian), The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me.

King was the recipient of America's prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife Tabitha King in Maine.
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212,488 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 39% (82,158)
4 40% (84,586)
3 16% (34,850)
2 4% (7,950)
1 1% (2,944)
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