Michelle Paver

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Michelle Paver
Michelle Paver, author of the "Wolf Brother" series of books
Michelle Paver, author of the "Wolf Brother" series of books
Born 7 September 1960 (age 57)
Nyasaland (now Malawi)
Occupation Writer
Language English
Alma mater Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Genre Children's historical fantasy, horror
Notable works Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Notable awards Guardian Prize

Michelle Paver (born 7 September 1960) is a British novelist and children's writer, known for the fantasy series Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, set in pre-agricultural Stone Age Europe.[1] For the concluding book Ghost Hunter (2009) she won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a book award judged by a panel of British children's writers.[2][3]


Michelle Paver was born in Nyasaland (now Malawi) in central Africa. Her mother was Belgian (Flemish) and her South African father ran a newspaper, the Nyasaland Times. Her family settled in Wimbledon, England when she was three. She was educated at The Study and Wimbledon High School. After reading biochemistry at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, where she attained a first-class degree, she became a partner in a City of London law firm.

Her father's death in 1996 prompted her to take a one-year sabbatical, during which she travelled around France and America and wrote her first book, Without Charity. She resigned from legal practice soon after her return, to concentrate on writing.[4] Her 2010 ghost novel Dark Matter was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for best novel.[5]

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness tell the story of Torak, a twelve-year-old boy who is clanless, and his friends Renn and Wolf. The first book is called "Wolf Brother". The main story arc revolves around Torak and his quest to defeat the Soul Eaters, a group of evil clan mages who seek out to destroy all life in the forest in which they live. The books are set in prehistoric Europe during the New Stone Age.

The first of the series, Wolf Brother[6] was published in 2004 and as a whole the books have sold over 1 million copies in the UK.[7] Paver was paid a reported £2.8 million advance for the first book. The sixth and last in the series, Ghost Hunter won the 2010 Guardian Prize.[2]

Gods and Warriors

Michelle Paver's new series of books for children is titled Gods and Warriors, set during the Bronze Age. It tells the story of Hylas, a 12-year-old goatherd, whose adventures take him to Ancient Crete and Ancient Egypt, and Pirra, the daughter of a high priestess with a crescent shaped scar on her cheek. The story crucially features animals in the plot – a lion, a falcon and a dolphin. The dolphin from the first book, the lion from the second book onwards and the Falcon from the 3rd book onwards.

The second book from Gods and Warriors was published in August 2013. The 4th book (Crocodile Tomb) was released in 2015 and the story took place in Bronze Age Egypt. The 5th and final book from the series was published in August 2016.


  • Without Charity (2000)
  • A Place in the Hills (2001)
  • The Shadow Catcher (2002)
  • Fever Hill (2004)
  • The Serpent's Tooth (2005)
  • Dark Matter (2010)
  • Thin Air (2016)
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series
Gods and Warriors series
  • The Outsiders (2013)/Gods and Warriors (2012 – Only first print carries this name.)
  • The Burning Shadow (August 2013)
  • Eye of the Falcon (August 2014)
  • The Crocodile Tomb (August 2015)
  • Warrior Bronze (August 2016)

See also


  1. ^ "An Interview With Michelle Paver". The New York Times. 15 July 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b Guardian children's fiction prize 2010 (top page). The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Guardian children's fiction prize relaunched: Entry details and list of past winners". The Guardian 12 March 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  4. ^ "From Africa to Wimbledon & Beyond…". Michelle Paver official website. Archived from the original on 12 July 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2007.
  5. ^ "2010 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners". Shirley Jackson Awards. July 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2015. Novel ... Finalists: Dark Matter, Michelle Paver (Orion) ...
  6. ^ "An interview with Michelle Paver". Bookbrowse.com. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  7. ^ Author's press release (8 August 2009). "Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Sells A Million Copies!". Booktrade.info. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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