often daydreaming, and it's because I've always liked the idea of there being
something more than the normal world.” – Samantha Shannon
Born in London on this date in 1991, Shannon started writing at age 15 and had her first works in print by her late teens. After studying writing at Oxford, she burst onto the major market scene in 2012 signing a 7-book, 6-figure deal on a dystopian series, beginning with The Bone Season.
Set in 2059, the events of the novel take place in a London governed by a "security force" called Scion and an Oxford that has become a huge prison. She also sold film rights and now has 3 books completed. Her third novel in the series, The Priory of the Orange Tree, was both a New York Times nd Sunday Times bestseller. The next – The Mask Falling – is scheduled for 2021.
Shannon, whose writings have now been translated into 26 languages, is not keen on comparisons to other writers. “Whenever anyone calls me 'The new J.K. Rowling,'” she said, “I think, 'What's wrong with the old one?'”
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