The King’s School Canterbury alumna Annabel Steadman has just published her first novel and is now on the New York Times Bestseller List

The King’s School Canterbury alumna Annabel Steadman (2005-10) has published her first novel, Skandar And The Unicorn Thief, and now finds herself on the New York Times and Sunday Times Best Seller Lists. Already published in 38 different languages and tipped as the most exciting new arrival since J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, this is the first of a planned five-book series.

The first story centres on a world where unicorns are far from cute and cuddly but may be tamed if they bond with their rider. Each year, 13-year-olds are selected to take the Hatchery Exam to discover if they will be able to forge that bond. Hero Skandar is one of those selected for training – but then things start to go wrong.

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Annabel Steadman was at the Canterbury independent from 2005-10

Steadman, whose book was the subject of a major literary auction for both book and film rights, was awarded a Distinction in a Creative Writing Masters from the University of Cambridge. Before focusing on writing, Annabel worked in both corporate and family law. According to her agent RCW, her change of career came about when she decided that there wasn’t nearly enough magic involved in the legal profession.

Skandar And The Unicorn Thief is published by Simon & Schuster Children’s under the name A.F. Steadman.

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