Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. She is the prize-winning author of four novels - Haweswater, The Electric Michelangelo, The Carhullan Army and How to Paint a Dead Man - as well as The Beautiful Indifference, a collection of short stories. The first story in the collection, 'Butchers Perfume', was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, a prize she won in 2013 with 'Mrs Fox'.
April 2015 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2016. Rachel has been studying wolves in Idaho but gets seduced back to England when a wealthy earl and politician approaches her to help him reintroduce the grey wolf into a fenced off area of fells in the Lake District. Rachel also reintroduces herself to her estranged mother and half-brother. This is part family drama, part wonderful description of wolves, their behaviour and their reproduction (four cubs!), set against Rachel’s pregnancy (a one-night stand), the birth of baby Charlie and the subsequent disruption to her life. The tale becomes perhaps a tad too domestic until the wolves escape. Written in the present tense against the backdrop of the Scottish referendum, this is a well-drawn tale with some fine character studies, both animal and human, and a great feel for the countryside.