Written by Ella Thomson on Friday, May 11th, 2012

Oxford undergraduate Samantha Shannon, who has been touted as “the next J.K. Rowling” (no pressure) has signed a six-figure deal with Bloomsbury.

Shannon’s futuristic fantasy novel, The Bone Season, was purchased immediately after Bloomsbury’s editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle read it.

“Samantha is just fizzing with ideas,” Pringle said. “The book is an utterly consuming adventure and we are committed to the seven [books in the series].”

The book will be published in September 2013, soon after Samantha’s graduation from Oxford.

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