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Samantha Shannon

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Samantha Shannon
Born (1991-11-08) 8 November 1991 (age 32)[1]
Hammersmith, London, England[2]
GenreDystopian, fantasy, paranormal
Notable worksThe Bone Season, The Priory of the Orange Tree

Samantha Shannon (born 8 November 1991) is a British author of dystopian and fantasy fiction.[3] Her debut novel, The Bone Season, was published in 2013 and is the first of a seven-book series.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Shannon was born in Hammersmith, London in November 1991[1] and grew up in Ruislip.[5] She first began writing at the age of fifteen, when she wrote her first novel, Aurora, which remains unpublished.[6] Shannon studied English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford[3][7] and graduated in 2013.[8] She is of Irish descent on her father's side, her ancestors emigrating to England from County Roscommon.[9]

The Bone Season[edit]

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.[4] Set in 2059, it follows Paige Mahoney, a "dreamwalker" resisting the Republic of Scion, which has led an oppressive campaign against clairvoyants for two centuries.[10] Following its publication, Shannon was compared favorably to J. K. Rowling.[11]

Film and TV rights to The Bone Season were first optioned by The Imaginarium Studios in November 2012,[7] with Andy Serkis slated to produce, and by British production company Lunar Park in 2019.[12]

The Roots of Chaos[edit]

The Priory of the Orange Tree, a standalone high fantasy by Shannon, was published in February 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing.[13] A reimagining of the legend of Saint George and the Dragon,[14] it was named by Collider as a sapphic book that should be turned into a show or movie.[15] A prequel, A Day of Fallen Night, was published in February 2023. Shannon has called the series The Roots of Chaos, having originally planned to only write one book within the universe and later stating that there were more stories to tell.

In 2022, Shannon signed a contract for a third book in the Roots of Chaos cycle and a story inspired by the Greek goddess Iris.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Shannon identifies as "sapphic".[17]


The Bone Season series[edit]

Related works

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

The Roots of Chaos series[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • Amrita (2013)
  • "Marigold" in Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy, edited by Amerie (2017)


  1. ^ a b "Samantha Shannon". Tumblr. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Samantha Shannon". Tumblr. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b "SPOILED: SAMANTHA SHANNON'S THE BONE SEASON". RT Book Reviews. Archived from the original on 6 December 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b Williams, Charlotte. "Seven-book fantasy series for Bloomsbury". The Bookseller. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Samantha Shannon". Tumblr. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  6. ^ Brooks, Richard (6 May 2012). "New JK Rowling in seventh heaven". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Student author sells film rights". Oxford Student. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  8. ^ Kate Kellaway "Samantha Shannon: 'Writing was a drug I couldn't stop taking'", The Observer, 11 August 2013
  9. ^ Shannon, Samantha (17 September 2020). "Samantha Shannon".
  10. ^ "The Bone Season". Bloomsbury Publishing. 12 November 2022. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  11. ^ Hjelmgaard, Kim. "Is Samantha Shannon the next J.K. Rowling?". USA TODAY. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  12. ^ Grater, Tom (15 April 2019). "Young adult novel 'The Bone Season' to become TV series with new UK outfit Lunar Park". Screen Daily.
  13. ^ Trombetta, Sadie (27 February 2019). "'The Priory Of The Orange Tree' Is An Epic Feminist Fantasy Perfect For Fans Of 'Game Of Thrones'". Bustle. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  14. ^ Shannon, Samantha (12 November 2022). "Damsels undistressed". Boundless.
  15. ^ "8 Sapphic Books That Should Be Made Into Movies or TV Shows". Collider. 2 February 2022. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  16. ^ Comerford, Ruth (27 September 2022). "Bloomsbury snaps up two 'dazzling' novels from Shannon". The Bookseller. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  17. ^ Shannon, Samantha (7 June 2022). "Samantha Shannon".
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ Bourke, Liz (28 February 2019). "Standalone Fantasy Short on Complexity: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon". Tor.com. Retrieved 2 October 2019.

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