Skip to: Content
Skip to: Site Navigation
Skip to: Search

'House of Cards' novel comes to the US for the first time

'House of Cards' by Michael Dobbs is available electronically in America for the first time and will be available in print form this March. 'House of Cards' has been adapted for TV in the UK and the US.

By Staff Writer / February 14, 2014

'House of Cards' stars Kevin Spacey (l.) and Robin Wright (r.).

Nathaniel E. Bell/Netflix/AP


Those in the US who enjoy the Machiavellian machinations of politician Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) on “House of Cards” can now find the character in literary form, too.

Skip to next paragraph

Recent posts

The novel “House of Cards” by Michael Dobbs, which was the basis for the original UK series and the US version, was originally published in 1989 and is now being released in America for the first time by the publisher Sourcebooks. It’s available in electronic form now and will be released in print on March 11 and the new version includes some sections rewritten by Dobbs as well as a new ending.

Dobbs was an advisor to former British prime ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major, and David Cameron and was a chief of staff at the headquarters of the country’s conservative party.

“I’m incredibly excited to finally bring the series to the states,” the author said in a statement.

The two sequels to "Cards" that Dobbs wrote, "House of Cards: To Play the King" and "The Final Cut," will also be released by Sourcebooks sometime this year.

The UK TV adaptation ran in 1990. The first season of the American adaptation debuted on Netflix in 2013 and the second season was just made available online.


  • Weekly review of global news and ideas
  • Balanced, insightful and trustworthy
  • Subscribe in print or digital

Special Offer


What are you reading?

Let me know about a good book you've read recently, or about the book that's currently on your bedside table. Why did you pick it up? Are you enjoying it?

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

Become a fan! Follow us! Google+ YouTube See our feeds!