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UPDATE: As you’ll know if you look at the comments below (or if you could see the contents of my inbox!) there have been various issues with most of DARKEST NIGHT’s international releases. I’ve been trying to get information from my publishers for the last couple of weeks – sadly, I have no say in the release dates and no control over whether things go smoothly or not – and have updated the info below with what I know. Please let me know if you encounter any problems getting hold of the book, and I’ll do what I can to help…

DARKEST NIGHT is almost upon us – it will start making its way out into the world next week (and may already be on the shelves of a bookstore or two). So here are the release dates and pre-order links for the territories where the English edition is directly released – the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The rest of the world should get the English export edition in the coming weeks, and news about translated editions will follow when I have it…


United Kingdom  –  OUT NOW






Independent retailers


Ireland  –  OUT NOW




USA  –  26th January 2016 (NEW DATE)

UPDATE: I was very excited about DARKEST NIGHT coming out in the US at roughly the same time as the rest of the English editions, as it would have been the first time that had happened. Unfortunately, because of very boring issues to do with different formats and prices and North American trading areas, DARKEST NIGHT will now be released in paperback in January next year. Which is a little bit quicker than the previous books, but still a long wait – these types of decisions get made way above me, and all I can do is apologise to my American readers. Sorry.


Barnes and Noble


Independent retailers


Canada  –  21st August (NEW DATE)

UPDATE: This is the edition I have had the most questions about, and the one I’ve been trying hardest to get to the bottom of. Essentially, it all boils down to distribution of HarperCollins titles being moved to a new warehouse in the US and some teething problems that accompanied the change-over, which resulted in copies not reaching Canadian stores in time for the release date. Apparently the problem has been resolved, and I’ve been told that the new date showing on both Amazon and Indigo (21st August) is correct, and that things should run smoothly this time. The Canadian edition of DARKEST NIGHT will be a trade (large-format) paperback, rather than a hardback. Again, these are things that I have no control over, but I am very sorry to all my Canadian readers who have been wondering what was going on…




Australia and New Zealand –  30th July (NEW DATE)

UPDATE: The various dates and pre-order buttons are retailer issues – the release date for Australia and New Zealand is (and has apparently always been) 30th July, and stock is apparently ready for the release to go smoothly. Let me know if you have any trouble finding copies after the 30th.

HarperCollins Australia (contains all retailer links)

HarperCollins New Zealand (contains retailer list)

Whitcoulls (New Zealand)


South Africa  –  OUT NOW

UPDATE: The South African edition published as planned in June. Several retailers are out of stock, but I’m told new copies are on their way… 


Independent retailers

  • Jasmine Jones
    June 3, 2015

    freaking out over here let my school Librarain know and she was so excited she love the Department 19 books !!!!

    • Marc
      August 4, 2015

      Is there going to be a movie made of department 19?

      • Jacob Davies
        June 17, 2016

        I really hope so!

  • Nate
    June 9, 2015

    Was there an issue with US publication? Amazon hasn’t shipped it yet and I recieved an e-mail telling me they still don’t know when to expect it. It is also not at my local Barnes and Noble.

    • Will
      June 22, 2015

      Hi Nate – sadly, the release date of the US edition of Darkest Night has been moved back to January. I’m sorry – I’ve been pushing for a simultaneous global release for the last three books, and I really thought it was going to happen this time, but release dates, as with formats and prices etc., are beyond my control. Your best best might be to order the Canadian edition, which should be released imminently…

  • Blaize
    June 10, 2015

    Will there be more or another series by will hill ? Would like to know soon cos me and my friends really want to know!

  • A Canadian Teacher-Librarian
    June 17, 2015

    Hello from Toronto (Canada)!

    Many of my readers have been eagerly awaiting this novel. However, even though the stated release date for Canada was June 9, no book seller seems to be carrying this book (as of today – June 17)!!!!

    Please let me know how one could purchase copies in Canada.

    Thank you.

    • Will
      June 22, 2015

      Hello! I have literally just emailed HarperCollins about this, as I just saw Amazon stating ‘Not yet released’ and Indigo only listing the UK hardback. I’ve asked them to let me know what is happening ASAP, and I’ll update this post as soon as I have more info. Sorry for the delay, and for the disappointment of your readers!

      • pondering fan
        July 15, 2015

        hey first off I’m a huge fan of the series and i can’t wait to read the final book of the series, and i saw the release day for Canada was June 9th, and the people at chapters are probably sick of me calling to see if the book is in. so i was wondering when the expected release date for the final book will be ?

      • Darryl Murphy
        July 23, 2015

        Just wondering if you have any news on the books availability in Canada. It’s July 23rd and it’s still not available on Indigo.

  • Reto
    June 30, 2015


    any news concerning the german edition? I’m desperately waiting for…

  • Jenny
    July 1, 2015

    Just wondering if it’s true that the release date in Australia has been pushed back to Aug 11th? TIA and can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  • Dylan Alexander
    July 4, 2015

    I Finished The Book I LOVED IT!!!!
    I Am A Bit Confused On The End Though?? Will There Be Another Series?
    Or Maybe A Seperate Book Or Short Story I Would Love To Know If Jaime Went To Haven And Created A Life There :)

  • eugene mok
    July 7, 2015

    Dear will hill,
    Please release department 19 darkest night in singapore as it is a really interesting book, and every night I would read each book in one day, ive read up to book 4:zero hour where jamie turns into a vamp, I always get dreams about dept19, please release it into to singapore and the nlb library as I have kept persuading them to buy dept19 darkest night
    Your sincerely,
    Eugene mok

  • Peter
    July 15, 2015

    Hi Will, I just want to say how brilliant I thought the Department 19 series was. It’s been possibly the best series I’ve ever read and I really hope you make another series.

  • pondering fan
    July 28, 2015

    Another question, i saw the Canadian release date has been pushed back to August 21st, is that still for the hard cover version ?

  • Andrew
    January 13, 2016

    Been waiting for this book since the beginning of last year. So happy that it’s finally going to be released in U.S. in less than 2 weeks. I have loved every bit of this series, and every one of my friends(Who read) has been forced to read at least the first book. One was so jealous when I got the 3rd and 4th. I hope you keep making books, and hopefully the next series will be as good as department 19, if not better. Thank you for bringing all of us the tense moments in the books. You are one of my favorite author’s ever.

  • Kaden
    January 20, 2016

    This is an amazing book! I’m not much of a reader but man this is enough for me! So a serious question, will there ever be a movie, game, or tv show?

  • Neil
    March 8, 2016

    Hey is there any news on the U.S. release date? I thought it came out in January so I ordered it on Amazon in December and it is still listed as it doesn’t know when it would release, just curious when it’ll actually ship or when the release date will be if it got moved.

  • Zach cornelisen
    May 17, 2016

    i am doing a project for school on you and your books and would like some information. Can I email you with a list of questions? Thanks

  • AFAN269
    July 15, 2016

    Ive been looking all over the web and can’t find the answer. If anyone finds out, tell me. I need to know how many words are in Department 19: Battle Lines. Thanks! :D

  • Susanne Marshall
    December 7, 2016

    Hy..I would like to know when zero hour will be released in german?

  • Susanne Marshall
    December 7, 2016

    Any idea when the fourth part will be translated into german?

  • Kenneth Mounce
    February 13, 2017

    Dear Will- I just started reading you books… OML they are so good i am so glad that i found a really good author that write the way i like to read the cliffhanger are amazing… I love your books and Rick Riordan and james patterson books they are the best… thank you for makeing really good books

  • Daniel Edwards
    April 21, 2017

    I have recently read read you’re books and I got to thinking and I thing you need to write another book. Like where are they now,did Jamie quite etc.My point is I really want to now where they are and what they are doing. Thank you Will Hill for your time. As always a loving fan.

  • Zak Taylor
    May 17, 2017

    Dear Will- I would like to say that I originally was not a big book reader. I was more of a movie watcher and gamer etc, but ever since a friend of mine at school happened to have a Department 19 book (the first one), I was hooked. I borrowed his book, and could not put it down. I finished reading in a few days, and when I saw there was a whole series, I rushed to get them all and read them. When I heard that the series’ conclusion, Darkest Night, was coming out, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I can honestly say I’ve never been more excited for anything related to books or literature before, and I’ve been reading a lot more ever since. I don’t know if you’ll ever read this, but thank you :)

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