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Michelle Paver - Author

Born in Malawi in 1960 to a Belgian mother and a father who ran the tiny 'NYASALAND TIMES', Michelle Paver moved to the UK when she was three. She was brought up in Wimbledon and, following a Biochemistry Degree from Oxford, she became a partner in a big City law firm. She gave up the City to follow her long-held dream of becoming a writer. She is the author of the brilliantly successful children's series, THE CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS, the final book of which won the 2010 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

An Interview with Michelle Paver

Concerning literary influences, I’d name two principal ones: J.R.R. Tolkien, who inspired a lifelong love of myth and Anglo-Saxon and Norse literature, and who also deepened my appreciation for trees and forests; and Anthony Trollope, whose page-turning novels taught me much about storytelling.

They change from time to time, but here are the ones that have lasted. For heroes, it’s Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings and Hector from The Iliad. For villains, it’s Dracula (the Bram Stoker one, of course), and Stavrogin from The Devils.

In the main I did, but my most vivid memory concerns my one bad year. When I was about eleven, a new girl joined the class and took such a dislike to me that she got everyone else to gang up against me. It doesn’t sound too bad, but it was miserable and very lonely to go through. My mother told me to ignore the lot of them, which I did – and after a pretty rough year, the ringleader left, and things drifted back to normal. But I’ve never forgotten it. And it probably helped make me a writer, because for that year, I retreated into my imagination.

I worked as a solicitor in the City for thirteen years: lots of all-nighters and weekends in the office. The challenge made it fun for a while, but that soon palled. I don’t miss it at all.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Michelle Paver

Wolf Brother
Michelle Paver
One of THE top children's books of the last decade is none other than WOLF BROTHER, which is the first in a brilliant series called The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. Perfect for a new generation of children to enjoy...
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The Eye of the Falcon
Michelle Paver
August 2014 Book of the Month The third adventure for Hylas, now landed on the plague ridden island of Keftiu which is also gripped by the coldest winter ever known and covered in ash from the eruption of the enormous...
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The Burning Shadow
Michelle Paver
February 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Michelle Paver, creator of the Wolf Brother series, continues her equally richly created and atmospheric Gods and Warriors series set in the sun-baked Greek countryside. Although separated by a wide social gulf, Hylas...
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The Burning Shadow
Michelle Paver
August 2013 Book of the Month Best-selling Michelle Paver, creator of the Wolf Brother series, continues her equally richly created and atmospheric Gods and Warriors series set in the sun-baked Greek countryside. Although separated by a wide social gulf, Hylas...
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Reader ReviewedThe Outsiders
Michelle Paver
One of our Books of the Year 2013 - August 2013 Book of the Month - Shortlisted for the 2013 Leeds Book Award By the best-selling author of Wolf Brother, Gods and Warriors is this year's most hotly anticipated children's...
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Reader ReviewedThe Outsiders
Michelle Paver
Shortlisted for the 2013 Leeds Book Award - September 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. By the best-selling author of Wolf Brother, Gods and Warriors is this year's most hotly anticipated children's novel. The first book in a breathtaking adventure...
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Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Complete Boxed Set
Michelle Paver
Dazzling entertainment and seamless storytelling from the winner of the Guardian Book of the Year Award 2010 with Ghost Hunter, the final title in the quite superb Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. To celebrate the culmination of the series the...
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Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2010. This is the final book in the best-selling CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS. Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling, this is the stunning 6th and final episode, bringing the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of...
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Ghost Hunter: Book 6 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2010. This is the final book in the best-selling CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS. Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling, this is the stunning 6th and final episode, bringing the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of...
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Ghost Hunter: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness 6 CD-Audio
Michelle Paver
CD Audio of Ghost Hunter. Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2010. This is the final book in the best-selling CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS.
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Oathbreaker: Book 5 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
This is the series that began with Wolf Brother and now continues with the story of Torak alongside his trusted and loyal Wolf. Once an outcast, Torak has been happy with his life among the Seal Clan and especially...
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Oathbreaker: Book 5 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Welcome to best-selling author Michelle Paver's latest in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.This is the series that began with Wolf Brother and now continues with the story of Torak alongside his trusted and loyal Wolf. Once an outcast,...
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OathBreaker: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness 5 CD-Audio
Michelle Paver
CD Audio of Oath Breaker.
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Outcast: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness 4 CD-Audio
Michelle Paver
CD Audio of Outcast.
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Outcast: Book 4 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
This series just gets better and better with each new title. Outcast is the fourth in the series and here Torak has to pit his wits against everyone - particularly his former friends and now foe as a consequence of...
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Outcast: Book 4 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
This series just gets better and better with each new title. Outcast is the fourth in the series - I believe there will be six in total - and here Torak has to pit his wits against everyone - particularly...
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Soul Eater: Book 3 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Hugh (11): Once I had picked up the book I could not put it down and I read till long past my bedtime and every morning. I was in Torak's world all day and in my bed I'd go over what...
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Soul Eater: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness 3 CD-Audio
Michelle Paver
CD Audio of Soul Eater.
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Soul Eater: Book 3 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Hugh (11) - Once I had picked up the book I could not put it down and I read till long past my bedtime and every morning. I was in Torak's world all day and in my bed I go...
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Spirit Walker: Book 2 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
This is a worthy second novel in the CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS trilogy, the first was Wolf Brother that we praised so highly earlier this year. Non-stop action on every page dovetails beautifully with heart-stopping narrative and...
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Spirit Walker: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness 2 CD-Audio
Michelle Paver
CD Audio of Spirit Walker.
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Spirit Walker: Book 2 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Dazzling entertainment, seamless storytelling - the second adventure in Torak's quest to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters.
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Wolf Brother: Book 1 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
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...
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Wolf Brother: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness 1 CD-Audio
Michelle Paver
CD Audio of Wolf Brother.
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Wolf Brother: Book 1 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
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...
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The Crocodile Tomb
Michelle Paver
'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. The fourth novel in the best-selling Gods and Warriors series by Michelle Paver.
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