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Wolf Winter - Cecilia Ekbäck

Wolf Winter - Cecilia Ekbäck

Title: Wolf Winter

Author:  Cecilia Ekbäck

ISBN:  9781444789515

Weight:  773g

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A brilliantly written and gripping historical Nordic Noir thriller with all the intrigue and atmosphere of Burial Rites, the pent-up passion of The Piano and the suspense of The Tenderness of Wolves.

Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck

Swedish Lapland, 1717.  Maija, her husband Paavo and her daughters Frederika and Dorotea arrive from their native Finland, hoping to forget the traumas of their past and put down new roots in this harsh but beautiful land.  Above them looms Blackåsen, a mountain whose foreboding presence looms over the valley and whose dark history seems to haunt the lives of those who live in its shadow.

While herding the family’s goats on the mountain, Frederika happens upon the mutilated body of one of their neighbours, Eriksson.  The death is dismissed as a wolf attack, but Maija feels certain that the wounds could only have been inflicted by another man.  Compelled to investigate despite her neighbours’ strange disinterest in the death and the fate of Eriksson’s widow, Maija is drawn into the dark history of tragedies and betrayals that have taken place on Blackåsen.  Young Frederika finds herself pulled towards the mountain as well, feeling something none of the adults around her seem to notice.

As the seasons change, and the “wolf winter”, the harshest winter in memory, descends upon the settlers, Paavo travels to find work, and Maija finds herself struggling for her family’s survival in this land of winter-long darkness.  As the snow gathers, the settlers’ secrets are increasingly laid bare.  Scarce resources and the never-ending darkness force them to come together, but Maija, not knowing who to trust and who may betray her, is determined to find the answers for herself.  Soon, Maija discovers the true cost of survival under the mountain, and what it will take to make it to spring.

Peer & Press Reviews

A terrific debut in the vein of Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites.

The Bookseller

The time and place seem so remote as to be unearthly, and the style has a stealthy quality, like a silent fall of snow; suddenly, the reader is enveloped.  The story creeps up and possesses the imagination; there’s something eerie in the way half-understood and only half-seen events leave their mark.  It’s a powerful feat of suggestion, visually acute, skillfully written; it won’t easily erase its tracks in the reader’s mind.

Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies

Wolf Winter is a beautiful novel, full of wisdom and poetry.  Cecilia Ekbäck writes dark, compelling prose steeped in a powerful sense of place.  Spellbinding.

Saskia Sarginson, bestselling author of The Twins

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Attribute Details
Title: Wolf Winter
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Book features: Black cover with silver coloured text on spine, eau de nil endpapers.
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781444789515
ISBN 10: 1444789511
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 405
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 143 x 39mm
Design Credits
Author photo: Sean Gannon
Jacket design: Alice Moore Design
Jacket photographs: Wojciech Zwolinski / Trevillion Images (woman) | Shutterstock (birds and mountains)

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