Samantha Shannon

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Samantha Shannon
Born (1991-11-08) November 8, 1991 (age 28)
Hammersmith, London, England
GenreDystopian, fantasy, paranormal
Notable worksThe Bone Season, The Priory of the Orange Tree

Samantha Shannon (born 8 November 1991) is a British writer of dystopian, fantasy and paranormal fiction.[1]


Shannon was born in Hammersmith, London in November 1991 and grew up in Ruislip.[citation needed] She first began writing at the age of fifteen, when she wrote her first novel, Aurora, which remains unpublished.[2] Shannon studied English language and literature at St Anne's College, Oxford,[1][3] and graduated in 2013.[4]

In 2012 she signed a six-figure book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing, who bid following the London Book Fair, to publish the first three books in a seven-book series, beginning with The Bone Season.[5] Set in 2059, the events of the novel take place in a London governed by a "security force" called Scion and an Oxford which has become a huge prison.[4] Film rights to The Bone Season were optioned by Andy Serkis's film company, The Imaginarium Studios, in November 2012.[3]


The Bone Season series[edit]

  • The Bone Season (2013)[6]
  • The Mime Order (2015)
  • The Song Rising (2017)
  • The Mask Falling (2021)

Related works

  • On the Merits of Unnaturalness (2015)
  • The Pale Dreamer (2016)
  • The Dawn Chorus (2020)

Other works[edit]


  1. ^ a b "SPOILED: SAMANTHA SHANNON'S THE BONE SEASON". RT Book Reviews. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  2. ^ Brooks, Richard (6 May 2012). "New JK Rowling in seventh heaven". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Student author sells film rights". Oxford Student. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b Kate Kellaway "Samantha Shannon: 'Writing was a drug I couldn't stop taking'", The Observer, 11 August 2013
  5. ^ Williams, Charlotte. "Seven-book fantasy series for Bloomsbury". The Bookseller. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  6. ^ "See the cover, excerpt, and Q&A for potential big-deal debut 'The Bone Season' by Samantha Shannon -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  7. ^ Bourke, Liz (2019-02-28). "Standalone Fantasy Short on Complexity: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon". Retrieved 2019-10-02.

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