The Wolf Wilder and Grief is the Thing with Feathers

A fairly large meeting this month so welcome to all the new faces. The main two choices were The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell and Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter.

For the other four choices please check out September’s alternative reads.

Any reserved copies have been put aside, but if you couldn’t make it, let Leilah know. Tell the Waterstones Doncaster staff member that you’re with the book club, and they should know to take off the extra pound, disclaimer.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 19th October, 5.30pm for 5.45pm.

The Wolf Wilder, Katherine Rundell

The Wolf Wilder - Katherine Rundell

Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there was a dark and stormy girl…

From the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, comes a fierce and courageous novel, set amidst the snow-laden forests of a Russian winter.

Feodora lives with her mother in a snowbound wooden house, a house lined with sheep’s wool, with lamps painted every bright colour, to protect them from the winter clawing at the door.

Feo has always known about the wolves, she has grown up with them always near at hand; their uncompromising wildness, their strangeness, their beauty. Feo could howl before she could talk. For Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. The wolf wilders are responsible for re-wilding wolves that foolish men have tried to tame.

What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about finding the wildness in yourself and standing up for the things you love. It is a story of the few things worth dying for. It is a story of wolves.

‘A triumph! Exciting, moving, highly original, fierce, completely convincing. The world had better watch out.’ – Phillip Pullman

Published: 08/09/2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN: 9781408854853

Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Max Porter

Grief is the Thing with Feathers - Max Porter

One shiny jet-black eye as big as my face, blinking slowly, in a leathery wrinkled socket…

And this is what he said:

I won’t leave until you don’t need me any more.
In the midst of grief he comes. He comes with a crackling of feathers and a smell of decay. He comes like the worst thing you could ever imagine, like something you should never have to imagine, he comes when you need him. He is a reminder, a companion, a harbinger, a scruffy homeless layabout, a friend. He is Crow.

This extraordinary debut, partly based on Ted Hughes’ Crow collection, is a deft feat of linguistic playfulness and daring, full of unexpected humour and emotional truth. It marks the arrival of a thrilling and significant new literary talent.

‘Grief Is the Thing With Feathers is the most exquisite little flight of a story’ – The Guardian

‘Funny and warm and real, this little book is one to linger on and savour.’ – The Telegraph

Published: 25/08/2016

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571327232