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A "Hot New Release" and "Best Seller Book" in Amazon charts two weeks after launch

Listed in 29 top book lists in Goodreads

including "Best YA Sci-Fi for Both Genders" and "YA Book Club"

From a beguiling new voice in YA literary sci-fi/contemporary fantasy comes an astonishing novel about a group of mysterious children with the power to change lives...


Ever since 15-year-old Milly Bythaway can remember, she’s had to hide who she really is – dumbing down an extraordinary genius in order to blend into the background. 17-year-old Calista Matheson had been told all her life that she was a nobody, until someone helped her to realise that just wasn't true. And 14-year-old Tai Jones, a boy abandoned by his mother and forced to live as a homeless wanderer on the streets of London, soon realises that he has a special gift: he can see thoughts and emotions of others in stunningly beautiful colours. A gift that is both wonderful and awful.


When the teenagers are brought together by a mysterious old scientist for their own safety, they are told of a common and forgotten past. One of hidden experiments, and a missing family that they yearn to find. But they soon hear of the disappearance of another child, the youngest, and are faced with an impossible dilemma. Saving themselves will require confronting their deepest fears and delving into the ugly truth of their past – only to uncover something hidden in the dark...

But if they can muster the strength to overcome adversity in inventive and ingenious ways, it will bring about the most extraordinary and unexpected change. In the end, the children must work together, unleashing the full force of their intellect and genius, in an epic battle of the world's greatest minds.


The Ingenious and the Colour of Life is J.Y. Sam’s beautiful and heart-rending debut – a story that explores the fragility of human nature, with a dash of science, culture, and the natural world. It will capture your mind, and steal your heart.


Book 2                             Book 3


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due to ill health the release date has been pushed to spring 2023

read preview excerpt

"Exciting, intriguing and gripping, this beautifully written book captures the reader and their imagination from the outset.

A book that will appeal to adults and teenagers which will be remembered long after the reader turns the last page."

JILL BARTON Ambassador



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available on Waterstones, Book Depository,, World of Books, Dymocks, Barnes & Noble, and various online bookstores

The ebook costs just  £4.25 / $5.05 on Kindle - and is included in Kindle Unlimited

Why not gift a personalised and signed/autographed book (£20 for paperback, and £25 for hardback, + p&p) - please request by email (, specifying name and address of recipient, as well as your PayPal email.

On a budget? You can ask your local library to stock the paperback for you to borrow free of charge.

Watch this space for an upcoming audio book.


FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: book bloggers and reviewers can get a free ebook in exchange for featuring it on their book blog, or social media, or writing an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads. Please send an email to requesting a review ebook.

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I'm absolutely rapt to have some talented young artists linked to the book - their music can be played within ebook paragraphs by tapping the underlined song/work, or within paperbacks by scanning the musical QR code in the margins - listen while you read! Peter Wright, Wolfgang Alberg, and You Xu in particular have kindly agreed to have their wonderful music included in the book - so a big THANK YOU to all of them. And please do check out their YouTube channels (links in videos below) for your further delectation!

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L. v. Beethoven - Für Elise

L. v. Beethoven - Für Elise

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Dream a Little Dream of Me

Dream a Little Dream of Me

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Chopin - E Minor Prelude [ Music Copyright Free ]

Chopin - E Minor Prelude [ Music Copyright Free ]

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A Note from the Author:

After years of writing, it was very exciting to release my debut young adult fiction 2020 book, but then also to discover that, two weeks after launch, it was listed as a Hot New Release and Amazon best sellers books 2020 in their December charts - I was so excited I posted photographs in my Instagram account! So if you're looking for a very different new fiction book for 2022, or a book club recommendation 2022, do give "The Ingenious" a try, especially since the ebook is currently on sale. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that readers of all ages (and not just friends and family!) found it engaging and enjoyable (you can check out their Goodreads reviews online).

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