The next Paolini?
An 18-year-old classical musician is tipped to be the teenage prodigy of 2013 with his debut novel, released with a self-composed soundtrack
Stefan Bachmann is currently studying music at the Zurich Conservatory in Switzerland, and began writing The Peculiar when he was 16.
Set in an alternative Victorian England, The Peculiar follows Bartholomew Kettle, a changeling child, despised by both humans and faeries. His mother keeps him locked away, but when changelings start surfacing in the Thames, their bodies empty of blood and bone and their skin etched with red tattoos, he realises something is coming for him.