￡400,000 advance for student's first novel
In an interview, the Nigerian-born author said that she was astonished at the speed with which she was snapped up. "I had to sign the contract between my exams. It was on the day of my theology A level," she said.
Ms Oyeyemi, whose father is a teacher and whose mother is training to become a driver for London Underground, began writing at the age of seven.
"I rewrote Little Women so that Laurie married Jo because I thought that was a better ending."
She began writing The Icarus Girl last year when she was in the sixth form of Notre Dame School. Her agent, Robin Wade, showed the book to Alexandra Pringle, editor-in-chief at Bloomsbury, who is also Donna Tartt's editor. "The prose sings immediately right from the first page," Ms Pringle said.
Ms Oyeyemi does not believe that she will become a full-time writer, however. "I don't think that many people can do that these days," she said. "I would quite like to be a literary agent."
Bracket：n. 括在一起；vt. 归为同类
Icarus：伊卡洛斯。传说中的建筑师和雕刻家代达罗斯（Daedalus）之子, 他用蜡和羽毛造成翼翅逃出克里特（Crete）岛时, 因过分飞近太阳, 蜡翼受热后融化, 坠海而死, 古代多作为绘画题材。