|Born||7 September 1960
Nyasaland (now Malawi)
|Genres||Children's historical fantasy, horror|
|Notable work(s)||Chronicles of Ancient Darkness|
|Notable award(s)||Guardian Prize
Michelle Paver (born 1960) is a British novelist and children's writer, probably best 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 once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's writers.
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.
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness tell the story of Torak, an adolescent 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 the prehistoric Europe during the New Stone Age.
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
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 crucially features animals in the plot - a lion, a falcon and a dolphin.
The second book from Gods and Warriors was published in August 2013.
- Without Charity (2000)
- A Place in the Hills (2001)
- The Shadow Catcher (2002)
- Fever Hill (2004)
- The Serpent's Tooth (2005)
- Dark Matter (2010)
- 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)
- "An Interview With Michelle Paver". The New York Times. 15 July 2007. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
- Guardian children's fiction prize 2010 (top page). theguardian. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
- "Guardian children's fiction prize relaunched: Entry details and list of past winners". guardian.co.uk 12 March 2001. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
- "From Africa to Wimbledon & Beyond…". Michelle Paver official website. Archived from the original on 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
- "2010 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees". Shirley Jackson Awards. April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
- "An interview with Michelle Paver". Bookbrowse.com. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
- Author's press release (8 August 2009). "Michelle Paver's Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness Sells A Million Copies!". Booktrade.info. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
- Official website
- Michelle Paver at British Council: Literature
- Michelle Paver at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- The Clan, fan website with participation by Paver