Samira Osman

Children's novelist and documentary writer
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Samira Osman read modern languages at Cambridge University before joining the BBC. She has worked in Lebanon, Germany, Italy and America making documentaries for television.

Samira's first book for children, Quicksilver, was published by Marion Lloyd Books in January 2010 and longlisted for the Waterstone's prize. Her second book, Serpent's Gold, was published by Marion Lloyd Books in 2011. Her third book, Chasing the Dark, was written under her pseudonym Sam Hepburn and was published by Chicken House in June 2013. 

Her latest YA novel, If You Were Me, has been nominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal Award - the oldest and most prestigious children’s book award. Established in 1936, it is awarded annually by children’s librarians to the writer of an outstanding book for children.


  • RT @NickSotoudeh: Iranian British citizen, #NazaninRatcliffe, has been rejected to make a phone call to her family By authorities in Iran.…

    RT @the_cwa: This brilliant story by Sam Hepburn @sam_osman_Books should not be missed

    Thank you Josa - who ever thought my name and the words geeky and techie would ever appear in the same sentence! x

I love the never-ending of not knowing what’s about to happen in this amazing new book... All I can advise for readers who are looking for a good book is this; get this one immediately!

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This is a stark, terrifying look at the present-day world in which we live, a reminder of the fragility of our lives and how they can change so quickly. Brilliant.

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