If politcs has you down (and really, who isn't in that condition), here's something to look forward to in the coming year.
The sixth Harry Potter book will hit the shops on 16 July next year, it has been announced.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be published simultaneously in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince takes up the story of Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as Lord Voldemort grows stronger.
Rowling has already revealed that the Half-Blood Prince is neither Harry nor Voldemort.