Private: Meanwhile, some thirty-somethings are stuck at the fourth chapter

Helen Oyeyemi, an 18-year-old Nigerian author in her first year at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge has signed a £400,000 deal “after publishers accepted her first novel while she was still at school.” Ms. Oyeyemi started the novel last year, while in the sixth form of a Southwark comprehensive. (Thanks to Emma for the link.)