London Shah is a British Muslim of Pashtun ethnicity, who’s been making up stories for as long as she can remember. She has lived in Britain’s capital for most of her life, via England’s beautiful North. On any given day London can be found daydreaming of a different past, an alternate present, or some surreal future. She enjoys drinking copious amounts of tea, eating all the sweets and cakes, strolling through Richmond Park or along the Thames, getting lost on an evening in the city’s older, darker alleyways—preferably just after a downpour—listening to punk rock, and losing herself in a fab fantasy book or SFF film.
London is the author of the award-winning Light the Abyss series, a YA sci-fi duology out now with Little, Brown. The series has made numerous Best-of lists, including Forbes, Tor.com, BuzzFeed, Paste Magazine, BookishFirst, Syfy Wire, Book Riot, and Epic Reads. The Light at the Bottom of the World, London’s debut novel and the first book in the series, won two Bookish Jazz Awards including Best YA Setting, and received numerous accolades including an American Library Association’s YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2020, an ALAN 2020 Pick, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and a Sirens Conference 2019 Heroes Book. It was named Open Letters Review’s Best YA Novel of the Year. The sequel, Journey to the Heart of the Abyss, published in November ’21. It won the 2021 Bookish Jazz Award for Favourite YA Sequel, was one of Forbes Most Interesting Books of Fall ’21, and a Tor.com Best YA SFF of 2021.
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