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Michelle Paver

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Occupation  Writer
Role  Novelist
Name  Michelle Paver
Language  English

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Genre  Children's historical fantasy, horror
Notable works  Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Education  Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, University of Oxford
Awards  Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
Books  Wolf Brother, Spirit Walker, Soul Eater, Ghost Hunter, Oath Breaker

Notable awards  Guardian Prize 2010

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Michelle Paver (born 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. 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.


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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.

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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. Her 2010 ghost novel Dark Matter was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for best novel.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

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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.

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The first of the series, Wolf Brother was published in 2004 and as a whole the books have sold over 1 million copies in the UK. 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.

Gods and Warriors

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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.

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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.


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  • 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
  • Wolf Brother (2004)
  • Spirit Walker (2005)
  • Soul Eater (2006)
  • Outcast (2007)
  • Oath Breaker (2008)
  • Ghost Hunter (2009)
  • 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)
  • References

    Michelle Paver Wikipedia

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