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Teen author Stefan Bachmann reaps full-grown success

Published on Jan 23, 2013 7:13 AM
 
Stefan Bachmann poses with his book The Peculiar on Jan 5, 2013, in Zurich. Bachmann is only 19, but his dark and mysterious debut novel set in an alternate world of faeries and goblins and child snatchers has already earned him comparisons to JK Rowling, Dickens and Dostoevsky. -- PHOTO: AFP

ZURICH (AFP) - Stefan Bachmann is only 19, but his darkly mysterious debut novel set in a parallel world of faeries, goblins and child snatchers has already earned him comparisons to JK Rowling, Dickens and Dostoyevsky.

"I didn't realise it would get published," Bachmann told the Agence France-Presse, tapping the yellow, mechanical bird depicted on the cover of The Peculiar, which first hit shelves in the United States (US) last September.

"I just really, really hoped something would happen with it," the lanky, blond Swiss-American with rectangular steel-rimmed glasses added with boyish enthusiasm.

And something certainly did. After spending a year trying to find a literary agent, the book he began writing in his bedroom at 16 was suddenly the object of a publisher bidding-war before it was snapped up by the US publishing giant Harper Collins.

 
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