Former Bishop Ramsey School student Samantha Shannon is reaching literary heights in her new career.
Former Bishop Ramsey School student Samantha Shannon is reaching literary heights in her new career. In August Samantha’s fantasy debut novel “The Bone Season” was published and got to number 9 on The New York Times bestsellers list as well as being on the Amazon bestsellers list. In addition the book has sold in 21 countries and film rights to it were optioned by Andy Serkis’s film company.
Samantha, 21, wrote her first novel “Aurora” at the age of 15 whilst at Bishop Ramsey, although it was turned down for publication. Determined, she continued to write stories in a notebook at school and write on the quiet. In her recent interview on BBC Breakfast the young author explained that she was inspired by The Hunger Games and Harry Potter and by places she visits. Her determination paid off. In 2012, while in her second year studying for a degree in English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College Oxford, she signed a six figure book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing to publish the first three books in a projected seven book series. In the same year she was shortlisted for The Young Star Award at the Women of The Future Awards.
“The Bone Season” is a tale of a violent dystopian England set in 2059 and follows 19 year old Paige Mahoney, a young psychic who is kidnapped and sent to a secret city to perfect her powers. The idea for the novel came when Samantha was working in Seven Dials for a literary agent and she has used her experiences of the area and Oxford in her novel, using real and imaginary worlds. She wished to be totally unique and invented her own slang loosely based on 19th century London’s criminal underworld speech.
The Sunday Times said ‘she creates a compelling fantasy world with her villains both human and supernatural. As a heroine Paige is a winning character’.
Samantha has recently travelled the country to give interviews and sign copies of her book and is now writing the second book in the series which she hopes to publish next year.
Bishop Ramsey staff and students look forward to reading the rest of the series.