A children's book, The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, caught my eye recently. I haven't read any of Katherine's works but I know her by reputation - tightrope walker, night climber, fellow of All Souls, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Rooftoppers - and her new novel sounds wonderful:
"Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.
When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves."
In this short video, Katherine talks about the book,
and in this one, her writing process: