Michelle Paver

Michelle Paver is a British novelist who was born in Malawi where she lived until she was three years old. Her mother was Belgian and her father was South African.

Michelle was educated at Wimbledon High School and went on to read biochemistry at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, After University she became a partner in a City of London law firm.

Her first children’s novel, Wolf Brother was published in 2004. Set during the Stone Age this is the story of twelve-year-old Torak and his companion, Wolf.  Following a mortal wounding by a bear, Torak’s father speaks through his dying breath and 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.

This is the first book in The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness which is followed by seven more books, the most recent is Skin Taker published in April 2021. In this episode she talks to Nikki Gamble about this latest book.


About Skin Taker
 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 soul 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.

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