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Samantha Shannon

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Samantha Shannon was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen. Between 2010 and 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 2012 the Women of the Future Awards shortlisted her for The Young Star Award. The Bone Season is her first novel and has been sold in twenty-one countries.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Fantasy
New Books
January 2023

A Day of Fallen Night
(Roots of Chaos)
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