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The Bone Season, the debut novel by St Anne's graduate Samantha Shannon, has been published worldwide to excellent reviews.

The Bone Season is the first in a series of novels set in a dystopian future world, in which London is home to a criminal underworld of clairvoyants able to break into people's minds, and Oxford is a secret city controlled by a powerful, otherwordly race.

Samantha signed a book deal with Bloomsbury in 2012, whilst still a student a St Anne's, and has also sold film and video game rights to the novel, which is currently being translated into 19 different languages.

The book has attracted media attention around the world, featuring in The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, The New York Times and British Vogue. It has earned Samantha numerous - and in her opinion unhelpful - comparisons with J. K. Rowling as well as with Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games.

On the day of publication Samantha was interviewed for BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, and for NBC's morning programme 'Today', which selected The Bone Season as its first Book Club pick.

The novel has received positive reviews in The Telegraph, www.goodreads.com and Glamour magazine, among others. An extract and other information about the book can be found online. The Bone Season is also available on loan from the Library here at St Anne's.

Samantha Shannon will be taking part in an authors' round table at the 2013 Alumni Weekend, together with Dr Sam Thompson, St Anne's Lecturer in English Language and Literature.

We would like to congratulate Samantha on her success with The Bone Season, which looks set to become a best-seller.

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