Samantha Shannon

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Samantha Shannon
Born (1991-11-08) November 8, 1991 (age 27)
Hammersmith, London, England, UK
GenreDystopian, paranormal

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


Shannon was born in Hammersmith, London in November 1991 and grew up in Ruislip.[2] She first began writing at the age of fifteen, when she wrote her first novel, Aurora, which remains unpublished.[3] Shannon read English language and literature at St Anne's College, Oxford,[1][4] and graduated in 2013.[5]

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.[6] 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.[5] Film rights to The Bone Season were optioned by Andy Serkis's film company, The Imaginarium Studios, in November 2012.[4]

Shannon cites Saint George and the Dragon as an inspiration for her 2019 novel The Priory of the Orange Tree[7].


The Bone Season series[edit]

Related works

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

Other works[edit]

  • The Priory of The Orange Tree (2019)


  1. ^ a b "SPOILED: SAMANTHA SHANNON'S THE BONE SEASON". RT Book Reviews. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Is this the new JK Rowling? Oxford student lands six-figure book deal for seven-book adventure series". Daily Mail. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  3. ^ Brooks, Richard (6 May 2012). "New JK Rowling in seventh heaven". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Student author sells film rights". Oxford Student. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b Kate Kellaway "Samantha Shannon: 'Writing was a drug I couldn't stop taking'", The Observer, 11 August 2013
  6. ^ Williams, Charlotte. "Seven-book fantasy series for Bloomsbury". The Bookseller. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
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  8. ^ "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.

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