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March Book of the Month: The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall

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Our March Book of the Month is likely to be your best literary discovery of 2016. 

The Wolf Border is set in Cumbria, on a private moorland estate owned by an eccentric Earl who is determined to reintroduce the grey wolf to Britain. Rachel Caine is the dynamic expert in charge of the project, recently returned home after a decade in Idaho.

Both the wolves and Rachel share an untamed and solitary nature. While Rachel contends with public outrage, political arguments, and the complex demands of the regeneration project, she must also grapple with her impending motherhood and a reconciliation with her estranged family. Dealing with wildness, inheritance, hierarchies, sex and love, this is an absorbing, richly constructed novel.

It blazes with an extraordinarily direct empathy and connection to the world around us. There are multiple borders in the book: the borders between people and the landscape, between primal nature and animal bodies, between the rational and irrational parts of our minds, between fellow humans. Sarah's writing is visceral and vivid, often poetic yet never sentimental. Read her books, and congratulate yourself on finding a particularly rare talent.

What Mumsnetters said:

'Go out NOW and buy Sarah Hall's The Electric Michelangelo…NOW I tell you.' (Cappucino)

'I have just finished "The Electric Michelangelo" by Sarah Hall. About the life of a tattoo artist starting in Morecambe in 1907. Sounds bizarre but I wanted to follow every word rather than skim-read - the descriptions are amazing.' (TurkeyLurkey)

What the critics said:

'A stylish, intelligent and a cracking read ... She writes with luminous precision about pregnancy and motherhood...' (Sunday Times)

'This is a book overflowing with life and history, propelled by a writer who engages all the reader's senses.' (The Telegraph)

'Beautiful and quite stunning.' (The Mail on Sunday)

About the author:

Sarah Hall has been nominated for the Booker Prize twice and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, BBC National Short Story Award, Portico Prize for Fiction, John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the EM Forster Award. With the outstanding reviews for her fifth novel, The Wolf Border, Sarah has definitely become, as the Mail agreed, 'one of our finest fiction writers'.

Book giveaway

Faber have 50 copies of The Wolf Border to give to Mumsnetters: to apply for a copy please fill in your details below. We’ll post on the thread when all the copies have gone. If you're not lucky enough to bag one of those, you can always get a Kindle edition or paperback copy.

Webchat with Sarah

We are delighted that Sarah will be joining us on 23 March, 9-10pm, to answer your questions about The Wolf Border, her previous award-winning novels, and her writing career. Please do discuss the book on the discussion thread throughout the month, then come and meet Sarah on the night, when you can ask her a question or simply tell her what you thought of the book. It'll be a fascinating chat, and we very much hope you can make it.

This giveaway closes Monday 22 February, so apply now!


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