Published: 25 May 2023

Surrey Creative writing alumna secures six-figure book deal

The world rights to a new young adult book series by University of Surrey Creative Writing MA graduate Rachael Featherstone-Davis has been won by Walker Books, after a six-figure bidding war in a five-way auction.

The first book, ‘Oxford Slays’ is to be published in 2025, and is described by the publisher as a "riveting story of revenge, secret cults, privilege and murder", set at the University of Oxford. 

Rachel’s children’s picture book ‘I am Not a Prince!’ (Orchard Books), was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize earlier this year.

Head of the School of Literature and Languages Professor Patricia Pulham comments: “It’s wonderful to hear that Walker Books has snapped up Rachel’s latest creation, 'Oxford Slays'. All at SLL wish her every success with this new venture!”

Read the full article in The Bookseller.

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