Title: Wolf Border, The
Authors: Hall, Sarah
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 435
Year: 2015
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Language: English
Description: When zoologist Rachel Caine takes on the job of reintroducing grey wolves into the Earl of Annerdale's estate in Cumbria, it's a chance to kill two birds with one stone. Not only will she be able to continue working with the animals she is so passionate about, it's also a chance for her to return home to England and reassess her life. With Scottish independence flexing its muscles just over the border and the controversy ignited by rewilding of the wolves, there is plenty happening to accompany Rachel on her own journey of self-discovery.

From environmental advocacy to personal transition, this is a novel of beautifully described landscapes, vivid characters and contemporary Britain.
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Environmental, Morals/Ethics, Political, Relationships, England, 2017 Titles


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By: ROTO 010 2019-06-07 14:14:24
About half our group did not think the book worthy of the raves. For some of us the build-up with nasty emails and demonstrations was not clearly correlated with the conclusion; although after discussion were willing to be persuaded otherwise. The perfidy of the Earl's long-term plot took many of us by surprise. Good discussion about the characters' motives & behaviour, and around the advocacy of re-establishing species into the wild. Some of our more progressive thinkers enjoyed Rachel's egalitarian actions and found her to be a person of our times.

By: AUCK 255 2019-05-25 12:59:13
Easy to read despite the lack of speech marks. We found the characters unrelatable and overly complex.

By: CHCH 092 2018-11-12 17:40:35
Great twists and turns and enjoyed by everyone. A good plot and we enjoyed the suspense.

By: NELS 068 2018-09-10 17:54:54
Universally enjoyed. Strong characterisation and an eloquent, evocative description of the lake district.

By: WAINU 001 2018-05-28 14:27:24
Enjoyed greatly by all. Excellent plots, evocative prose and thought-provoking themes. Lots of discussion around the reintroduction of predators into a newly independent Scotland; the manipulative power of privilege; Rachel's motivations and parenting; her relationships with the other characters and her parallel return to Cumbria as the wolves also return.

By: OAMAR 005 2018-05-28 14:06:52
An easy read but everyone felt like they were waiting for something to happen.

By: CHCH 084 2018-05-28 14:05:48
A jolly good read with helpful notes.

By: AUCK 058 2018-05-28 14:05:03
The majority of the group enjoyed the book and felt it was well-written with excellent characterisation, an interesting plot and a skilful (but not entirely likely) ending. The plot gathered momentum and most wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. Some disliked Rachel's character and felt an associated dislike of the book.

By: TAUR 043 2018-05-28 13:54:56
The group thoroughly enjoyed the book. Felt it raised many issues - single motherhood, conservation, re-introduction of species, Scottish independence along with the English class system. It was a believable storyline, but we were 'disturbed' by Rachel putting her baby son in danger of being uplifted by wolves. A superbly crafted book.

By: ASHB 004 2018-05-28 13:49:21
We enjoyed the book - some found it took a while to get into. We liked the central character - but weren't too sure about her taking her baby when out looking for the wolves!

By: PICT 002 2018-05-28 13:45:06
This is a wonderful book, we all loved it. Beautifully written and constructed.

By: NAP 021 2018-03-09 14:08:27
"The Wolf Border" by Sarah Hall drew active discussion with our Group. However not everyone appreciated this book. Those who enjoyed it REALLY enjoyed it and we all agreed that Sarah Hall had either completed a great many hours research on the behaviour of wolves in the wild, or she is personally interested. Great descriptions of her characters we all felt. The English country-side descriptions made me feel like going back to see it all again!

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