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Oxford undergraduate signed by Harry Potter publishers

Published: Wednesday, 09 May 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News | All Graduate job news

An Oxford undergraduate could be on her way to becoming a best-selling author after securing a publishing deal for a seven-book adventure series.

Samantha Shannon, 20, can wave goodbye to fears of mounting student debt and relax in the knowledge that her six-figure deal from publishers Bloomsbury will set her up for life.

Bloomsbury also catapulted JK Rowling into the realms of the author elite by publishing the internationally acclaimed Harry Potter series of books.

Miss Shannon has secured the deal for her novel The Bone Season, as well as two sequels. If the young author successfully follows in the footsteps of JK Rowling, she may be able to match the 400million in worldwide sales already achieved by the author.

The 20-year-old began her writing career at the tender age of 15, spending up to 15 hours a day in her room to produce her first novel. The details for characters and plots are either conjured up in her head or recorded in notebooks.

The Bone Season tells the story of a 19-year-old clairvoyant called Paige, who escapes from a life of crime.

Set in the future, 2059, the story draws influences from novels that the young author has previously read, such as Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

The book was also inspired by a period of time where Miss Shannon worked in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden.

“I was intrigued by the number seven and this is partly why there will be seven books in the series,” she said.

Miss Shannon’s mother, Amanda, was initially opposed to the amount of time and energy she was directing to the novel, in what she feared was at the cost of her school work.

“Mum was always worried that I was stuck in my bedroom at home writing and becoming too tired and not getting out,” Miss Shannon told the Sunday Times.

However, her work has more than paid off, and she will use her publishing payout to lower her student debts.

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