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Michelle Paver - Author

About the Author

Michelle Paver was born in Malawi; her father was South African and her mother is Belgian. They moved to England when she was small and she was brought up in Wimbledon, where she still lives. After gaining a first in biochemistry at Oxford she became a lawyer and was until recently a partner of a large City law firm, specialising in patent litigation. She has now given up the law to write full-time. She is the author of Without Charity, A Place in the Hills, The Shadow Catcher and Fever Hill all published by Corgi.

Featured books by Michelle Paver

Thin Air

Thin Air

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

November 2017 Book of the Month A chilling ghostly tale set in 1935 on Kangchenjunga in the Himalayas. Five men attempt to climb to the summit of the worlds third highest mountain, they take the same path as a failed climb in 1907 and soon find local superstitions and eerie sightings affect their thoughts and nerves. Michelle Paver embeds a sense of complete reality, Dr Stephen Pearce tells the story and it feels as though it could be a documented historic account. Yet as I read, small unnerving suggestions began to affect my reasoning. Thoughts and feelings, trapped and hemmed in by fear, transferred from the pages. Michelle Paver explains at the end of the book that in reality, the actual peak of the mountain remained untouched until 1980, so as not to upset ‘whatever’ lived up there. Was the altitude affecting the climb in the novel, or a more supernatural presence? ‘Thin Air’, set in a world unknown to most, is an unsettling, gripping, and oh so readable tale.   ~ liz Robinson

eBooks of the Month
Wolf Brother

Wolf Brother

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/02/2012

A Special Edition of Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver to celebrate Orion's 20th anniversary. Rich in detail which brings the past to life and makes the forest background vivid to all readers, Wolf Brother tells how orphaned Torak must set out on a terrible mission. Tricked, trapped and betrayed at almost every turn, it’s a lonely quest but Torak finds comfort in the support of a wolf cub. Relying on their quick wits, the two journey through danger until Torak must make the final sacrifice.    Titles in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series: 1. Wolf Brother 2. Spirit Walker 3. Soul-eater 4. Outcast 5. Oathbreaker 6. Ghost Hunter

eBooks of the Month
Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

October 2011 Book of the Month. One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. A classic, good old fashioned ghost story set in the Arctic in 1937.  Evocative, chilling and superbly unsettling, it tells of a meteorological expedition that goes horribly wrong.   A Richard and Judy Autumn Read 2011.

eBooks of the Month
Fever Hill

Fever Hill

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 04/07/2005

I have been a fan of Michelle’s since her first, Without Charity, and rejoice in her wonderful success with the beginning of her children’s series, Wolf Brother.  This absorbing, evocative trilogy, set in Jamaica at the turn of the century, is passionate stuff, true old-fashioned story-telling at its best.  Following The Shadow Catcher we are now in 1903 with old secrets reappearing, friendships reuniting and the Jamaican country, people and history brilliantly depicted.  She’s great.Comparison: Judith Lennox, Sarah Harrison, Jojo Moyes.Similar this month: None, but try Maeve Binchy or Deborah Lawrenson.

Wakenhyrst

Wakenhyrst

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2019

A Times Best Book of 2019. 'Paver is one of Britain's modern greats. This sinister, gothic chiller shows why' BIG ISSUE, Books of the Year 2019. Something has been let loose... In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father. When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened. Maud's battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen - and the even more nightmarish demons of her father's past. Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl's longing to fly free by the bestselling author of Dark Matter and Thin Air. Wakenhyrst is an outstanding new piece of story-telling, a tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror. It is a masterwork in the modern gothic tradition that ranges from Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Neil Gaiman and Sarah Perry.

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Other books by Michelle Paver

Skin Taker

Skin Taker

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Run wild with Wolf Brother in a Stone Age world we all want to be a part of with million-copy-selling author, Michelle Paver. Danger, magic and non-stop adventure await Torak, Renn and Wolf. The Clans will be tested as never before, as they battle to find ways to survive and thrive in their beloved Forest.In the Dark Time of midwinter, disaster strikes the Forest. Chaos rules. Bears woken from their dens prowl the shadowy valleys. Desperate clans battle for survival. Only demons thrive. With their world in turmoil, Torak, Renn and Wolf are tested as never before. And as a new evil haunts the devastated land, Torak must risk his sanity, his life and even his souls to save everything he loves... Skin Taker carries you back to the Stone Age, to nature, drawing you deeper into an astonishing environment and adventure which began with Wolf Brother and has captivated millions of readers. 'There's no better time-travelling guide than Michelle Paver ... with its action, clever character development and glorious descriptions of nature 6,000 years ago' The Times on Viper's Daughter 'Paver's passion for nature, for wildlife, for the world's wondrous wilds is an immersive joy' LoveReading4Kids

Viper's Daughter

Viper's Daughter

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Run Wild with Wolf Brother. Million-copy-selling author, Michelle Paver immerses you in ice-cold magic and non-stop adventure, as Torak, Renn and Wolf battle for their lives and use all their skills and knowledge of nature to survive. For two summers Torak and Renn have been living in the Forest with their faithful pack-brother, Wolf. But their happiness is shattered when Renn realizes Torak is in danger - and she's the threat. When she mysteriously disappears, Torak and Wolf brave the Far North to find her. At the mercy of the Sea Mother and haunted by ravenous ice bears, their quest leads them to the Edge of the World. There they must face an enemy more evil than any they've encountered. Viper's Daughter plunges you back into the Stone Age world of Torak, Renn and Wolf: a world of demons, Hidden People and exhilarating adventure which has entranced millions of readers. Also available as an audiobook, read by Sir Ian Mckellen Praise for Viper's Daughter: 'What rich, dazzling, immersive storytelling ... The best book I have read this year by a country mile. (By a wild arctic length of many wolf lopes, I suppose I should say)' Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War 'Michelle is in a league of her own with this series and what luck for us all that she hasn't finished with Torak, Renn and Wolf's world yet' Abi Elphinstone, author of Rumblestar 'Viper's Daughter is sharp, striking, and loaded with the wisdom of the deep past. I am in awe of Paver's accomplishment' Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs 'Skillful, satisfying, and minutely researched, this powerful evocation of an ancient world is vivid in its imagery and captivating in its excitement' Adrienne Byrne, Muswell Hill Children's Bookshop 'Paver's love for the natural world comes across so strongly in her writing and her imagination takes you on a twisting, fantastic journey all the way to the Edge of the World' Grace Barrett, Waterstones Norwich

Wakenhyrst

Wakenhyrst

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Audio disc Release Date: 21/03/2019

A Times Best Book of 2019. A Times Audiobook of the Week. Something has been let loose... In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father. When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened. Maud's battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen - and the even more nightmarish demons of her father's past. Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl's longing to fly free by the bestselling author of Dark Matter and Thin Air. Wakenhyrst is an outstanding new piece of story-telling, a tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror. It is a masterwork in the modern gothic tradition that ranges from Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Neil Gaiman and Sarah Perry.

Warrior Bronze (Gods and Warriors Book 5)

Warrior Bronze (Gods and Warriors Book 5)

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Michelle Paver's superb Bronze Age epic reaches its dramatic, spine-tingling conclusion. Hylas and Pirra return to Akea for their final confrontation with their arch-enemies, the Crows. They must recover the dagger of Koronos if they are to end the warriors' brutal rule. Only if old and new friends join forces can they hope to triumph - but the price of victory may be higher than either Hylas or Pirra has dreamed . . .

The Crocodile Tomb (Gods and Warriors Book 4)

The Crocodile Tomb (Gods and Warriors Book 4)

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2015

'If an Outsider wields the blade, the House of Koronos burns . . .' A country at the edge of the world. A hidden tomb. A buried secret. Hylas and Pirra have found their way to the mysterious land of Egypt in pursuit of the dagger of Koronos, only to find that the Crows have got there first. Led by Hylas's deadly enemy, Telamon, they are determined to recover the legendary blade, by any means necessary. But the dagger now lies buried beyond the reach of mortals. If Hylas and Pirra want it back, they will have to make the most dangerous journey of all - into the realms of death itself . . . 'Spellbinding' Telegraph The fourth novel in the bestselling Gods and Warriors series by Michelle Paver.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Wolf Brother

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Wolf Brother

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Thousands of years ago the land is one dark forest. Its people are hunter-gatherers. They know every tree and herb and they know how to survive in a time of enchantment and powerful magic. Until an ambitious and malevolent force conjures a demon: a demon so evil that it can be contained only in the body of a ferocious bear that will slay everything it sees, a demon determined to destroy the world. Only one boy can stop it - 12 year old Torak, who has seen his father murdered by the bear. With his dying breath, Torak's father tells his son of the burden that is his. He must lead the bear to the mountain of the World Spirit and beg that spirit's help to overcome it. Torak is an unwilling hero. He is scared and trusts no one. His only companion is a wolf cub only three moons old, whom he seems to understand better than any human. Theirs is a terrifying quest in a world of wolves, tree spirits and Hidden People, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life. Launched at the height of the Harry Potter phenomenon, the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness is the ultimate magical adventure. This edition contains brand new interviews with Michelle Paver. Audio edition also available, read by Ian McKellen.

The Eye of the Falcon (Gods and Warriors Book 3)

The Eye of the Falcon (Gods and Warriors Book 3)

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

'If an Outsider wields the blade, the House of Koronos burns...' An endless winter. A plague-haunted land. A dying people. Winter has been colder than anyone can remember - and there is no spring. The terrible eruption of Thalakrea has shrouded the sky in ash and blotted out the Sun. The winds of Fate bring Hylas to the island of Keftiu. He is desperate to find his friends: Pirra the daughter of the High Priestess and Havoc the lion cub. But Keftiu has suffered more than anywhere from the fury of the gods, and the once-prosperous island has been ravaged by cold, famine and plague. As Hylas sets off alone, he is tormented by the fear that Pirra and Havoc may not have survived the winter... 'Electrifying' - Independent on Sunday 'The reader's attention is caught from the first line...spellbinding' - Telegraph 'Set to become another children's classic' - Books for Keeps Michelle Paver was born in Malawi in 1960 and moved to England when she was three. After gaining a degree in biochemistry from Oxford, she became a partner in a City law firm, but gave that up to write full-time. To research her stories about animals and the distant past, she has travelled in the Arctic, the Mediterranean and Egypt, swum with dolphins and killer whales, and encountered bears, boars and wolves. She is the author of the internationally bestselling Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, the final book of which won the 2010 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Complete 6x EBook Collection

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Complete 6x EBook Collection

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/09/2013

The complete six adventures in Torak's quest to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters - Wolf Brother, Spirit Walker, Soul Eater, Outcast, Oath Breaker and the award-winning final volume, Ghost Hunter.

The Burning Shadow (Gods and Warriors Book 2)

The Burning Shadow (Gods and Warriors Book 2)

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2013

'If an Outsider wields the blade, the House of Koronos burns...' A boy on the run. A deadly prophecy. A race against time. Hylas the Outsider is captured by slavers. Set to work in the terrible underground mines of Thalakrea, he learns to his horror that he's now closer than ever to his murderous enemies, the Crows. He has to escape before they find out he's here. Pirra, the daughter of the High Priestess, is also on the run. When Fate reunites her with Hylas, their survival depends on ancient magic and an orphaned lion cub - unless the Gods have other plans... 'Electrifying' - Independent on Sunday 'The reader's attention is caught from the first line...spellbinding' - Telegraph 'Set to become another children's classic' - Books for Keeps Michelle Paver was born in Malawi in 1960 and moved to England when she was three. After gaining a degree in biochemistry from Oxford, she became a partner in a City law firm, but gave that up to write full-time. To research her stories about animals and the distant past, she has travelled in the Arctic, the Mediterranean and Egypt, swum with dolphins and killer whales, and encountered bears, boars and wolves. She is the author of the internationally bestselling Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, the final book of which won the 2010 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

The Outsiders (Gods and Warriors Book 1)

The Outsiders (Gods and Warriors Book 1)

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2012

'If an Outsider wields the blade, the House of Koronos burns...' Hylas is only a boy but he knows three things: The Gods exist. Magic is real. Somebody wants him dead. Hunted and alone, Hylas is desperate to find his missing sister. His quest takes him across the hostile mountains and treacherous seas of Ancient Greece. His only friend is a girl on the run. His only guide is a wild dolphin. And his murderous enemies are closing in... 'Electrifying' - Independent on Sunday 'The reader's attention is caught from the first line...spellbinding' - Telegraph 'Set to become another children's classic' - Books for Keeps Michelle Paver was born in Malawi in 1960 and moved to England when she was three. After gaining a degree in biochemistry from Oxford, she became a partner in a City law firm, but gave that up to write full-time. To research her stories about animals and the distant past, she has travelled in the Arctic, the Mediterranean and Egypt, swum with dolphins and killer whales, and encountered bears, boars and wolves. She is the author of the internationally bestselling Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, the final book of which won the 2010 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

Dein Ende wird dunkel sein

Dein Ende wird dunkel sein

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/02/2012

Expedition ins DunkelLondon 1937. Eine Gruppe junger Englnder bricht zu einer Forschungsreise in die Arktis auf. Doch die Expedition steht unter keinem guten Stern: Ein Teilnehmer nach dem anderen fllt aus, der Kapitn weigert sich, sie zu ihrem Bestimmungsort zu bringen. Zu dritt erreichen sie endlich Gruhuken. Die Einheimischen meiden den Ort. Reiner Aberglaube, davon sind Jack und seine Freunde berzeugt. Als einer von ihnen erkrankt und nur Jack zurckbleibt, hufensich die merkwrdigen Vorflle. Der arktische Winter naht. Schon bald ist Gruhuken von der Auenwelt abgeschnitten. Doch Jack ist berzeugt, nicht allein auf der Insel zu sein. Vor den Fenstern lauert etwas ...

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Ghost Hunter

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Ghost Hunter

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2011

A boy. A wolf. A legend for all time. The sixth book in the internationally bestselling WOLF BROTHER (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) series by renowned author Michelle Paver. As winter approaches and Souls' Night draws near, the Eagle Owl Mage holds the clans in a grip of terror. To fulfill his destiny, Torak seeks his lair in the Mountain of Ghosts. Accompanied by Renn and Wolf, Torak must defy demons and tokoroths, and find his way through the Gorge of the Hidden People. Wolf must overcome terrible grief and Renn must make an agonizing decision. And in the final battle against the Soul-Eater, Torak will face the most heart-rending choice of all ... Audio edition also available, read by Sir Ian McKellen.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Soul Eater

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Soul Eater

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2011

A boy. A wolf. A legend for all time. The third book in the internationally bestselling WOLF BROTHER (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) series by renowned author Michelle Paver. Torak has survived the summer and his heartstopping adventure in the Seal Islands. He and Wolf are together once more. But their reunion is short-lived. As mid winter approaches, Torak learns that Wolf has been snatched. In a desperate bid to rescue him, Torak and Renn must brave the frozen wilderness of the Far North and step into a world of deceit, treachery and lies, coming face to face with a terrifying evil. Another step is taken on his quest to destroy the Soul-Eaters, but with it comes the burden of an utterly chilling secret of his own ... Audio edition also available, read by Sir Ian McKellen.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Outcast

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Outcast

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2011

A boy. A wolf. A legend for all time. The fourth book in the internationally bestselling WOLF BROTHER (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) series by renowned author Michelle Paver. Cast out from the clans and hunted by all, Torak is on the run. Cut off even from Wolf and Renn, he takes refuge in unknown territory - the haunted reedbeds of Lake Axehead, where he is menaced by the Hidden People. But other threats lurk nearby and his battle with the Soul-Eaters is far from over ... As he fights for his life, Torak uncovers a deception too awful to contemplate, one that shakes him to the core and shatters the world as he knows it. Audio edition also available, read by Sir Ian McKellen.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Spirit Walker

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Spirit Walker

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2011

A boy. A wolf. A legend of all time. The second book in the internationally bestselling WOLF BROTHER (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) series by renowned author Michelle Paver. Thousands of years ago an orphan boy and his wolf cub challenge a demon bear that threatens to destroy their world for ever. With the help of the World Spirit, Torak destroys the bear, but his beloved Wolf is lost in the process. Yet Torak's quest is far from over. A strange sickness is threatening the Raven Clan and only the Seal Clan have the cure. Torak must face a lonely journey to the Seal Islands to find it, but what he stumbles upon there is far from what he was expecting. And all is not as it seems ... Audio edition also available, read by Sir Ian McKellen.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Wolf Brother

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Wolf Brother

Author: Michelle Paver Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2011

A boy. A wolf. A legend for all time. The first book in the internationally bestselling WOLF BROTHER (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) series by renowned author Michelle Paver. Thousands of years ago, a powerful and malevolent force conjured a demon: a demon so evil that it could only be contained in the body of a ferocious bear, a demon determined to destroy the world. Only one boy can stop it ... Twelve-year-old Torak sees his father murdered by the bear. With his dying breath, he asks his son to make him a promise. Alone, wounded, terrified and on the run, Torak must now lead the bear to the Mountain of the World Spirit - a mountain that no one has ever found before. But can Torak keep his promise? A terrifying quest commences in a world of wolves, tree spirits and Hidden People, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life. Audio edition also available, read by Sir Ian McKellen. Latest sequels Oath Taker and Viper's Daughter published in 2020-21.

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