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Live web chat: Samantha Shannon


This week's live web chat is with Samantha Shannon, author of this summer's hit debut novel The Bone Season.

Samantha was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of 15. Between 2010 and 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

The Bone Season is her first novel and has been sold in 21 countries.

It is set in the year 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

The debut has caused a sensation in the literary world, with critics heralding Samantha as the next JK Rowling.

Film rights to it have already been secured by Andy Serkis' film studio, The Imaginarium, and in 2012 the Women of the Future Awards shortlisted Samantha for The Young Star Award.

This web chat has now finished but you can read all the questions posed to Samantha, and her replies, below

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, Bloomsbury Publishing, is out now. Click here to read an extract from the book or you can find out about Samantha and other name-drop novelists of 2013 here.



The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon


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