The Tenderness of Wolves

The Tenderness of Wolves

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A special, limited edition, with a brand new cover and the first two chapters of The Invisible Ones. Winner of the Costa Book of the Year, Best First Novel of the Year Awards and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. 1867, Canada: as winter tightens its grip on the isolated settlement of Dove River, a man is brutally murdered and a 17-year old boy disappears. Tracks leaving the dead man's cabin head north towards the forest and the tundra beyond. In the wake of such violence, people are drawn to the township - journalists, Hudson's Bay Company men, trappers, traders - but do they want to solve the crime or exploit it? One-by-one the assembled searchers set out from Dove River, pursuing the tracks across a desolate landscape home only to wild animals, madmen and fugitives, variously seeking a murderer, a son, two sisters missing for 17 years, a Native American culture, and a fortune in stolen furs before the snows settle and cover the tracks of the past for good. In an astonishingly assured debut Stef Penney deftly weaves adventure, suspense, revelation and humour into a story that is both panoramic historical romance and exhilarating thriller.
Now reissued in an attractive new livery, The Tenderness of Wolves is one of the most widely liked and admired novels of the previous decade.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 466 pages
  • 198 x 199 x 132mm | 308g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0857388797
  • 9780857388797
  • 16,702

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'An intensely atmospheric murder mystery ... Penney's immense tale allows one to feel the tundra's perishing chill in the bones, every bit as authentically as the wintry tableaux of Annie Proulx' Sunday Times. 'A terrific, gripping piece of storytelling, the meticulous plot executed with tremendous panache' Evening Standard. '... spine-tingling, Western-style debut ... her books are tinged with the macabre' Metro.
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About Stef Penney

Stef Penney was born and grew up in Edinburgh. After a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Bristol University she turned to film-making, studying Film and TV at Bournemouth College of Art. On graduation she was selected for the Carlton Television New Writers Scheme and has since written and directed two short films. The Tenderness of Wolves is her first novel.
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16,575 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 24% (3,964)
4 39% (6,399)
3 25% (4,146)
2 8% (1,332)
1 4% (734)
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