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Samantha Shannon

Samantha ShannonSamantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. She recently finished her degree in English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she specialised in Emily Dickinson and Principles of Film Criticism. In 2012 she signed a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing to publish the first three books in a seven-book series, beginning with The Bone Season. Film rights to the novel were optioned by Andy Serkis’s London-based production company The Imaginarium Studios in 2012, and acquired by Twentieth Century Fox and Chernin Studios in October 2013. The Bone Season has been translated into twenty-nine languages.

The Bone Season: More formula than feeling

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I was looking for nothing in particular when I found The Bone Season on the Science Fiction shelf of my local library. This was the saving grace of my reading experience of Samantha Shannon’s debut novel. It was not until after finishing the novel that I discovered the hype surrounding the first in Shannon’s planned seven-part series (of which Bloomsbury has already signed her up for three novels).

The novel centres around Paige Mahoney, a clairvoyant who can move in and out of the minds of other people. The slight spanner in the works is that the government (of futuristic 2059) don’t like clairvoyants. In fact, they pretty much capture and get rid of them on contact. So when Paige is caught doing her psychic thing, she is carted off to Oxford, where the Bone Season is occurring. Here she has to fight a bunch of monsters whilst under the control o... Read More