Sam Thompson Wolfstongue


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Deep in the Forest, the foxes live in an underground city. They didn't build it themselves: led by Reynard the fox, they enslaved wolves to do the work. By teaching language to the wolves, the clever foxes control them with the power of speech.

Now Isengrim, Hersent and their pups are the only wolves left in the Forest. They use clay with magical properties to heal their wounds, and move between the human and animal worlds using hidden passageways as they fight to survive.

One day, Isengrim gets injured. He is helped by a boy, Silas. Silas finds speaking difficult - except when in the company of the wolves.

When the foxes kidnap the wolf pups, Silas is determined to help his new friends to rescue their young. He must find his voice to undermine Reynard's power and destroy the foxes' city.

A lyrical fable about the power of language and the relationship between humans and the natural world.

'We had a name for a certain human child. This was the child who would walk side by side with the wolves, and would know our silence. The child would be our voice. So that we could live as wolves ought to live. Free from words. The name for that child was WOLFSTONGUE.'

About the Author

Sam Thompson lives in Belfast, where he teaches English and creative writing at Queens University. His first novel Communion Town was longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Jott was shortlisted for the 2019 Encore Award. His fiction and criticism have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, The Tangerine, Still Worlds Turning (No Alibis Press), on BBC Radio 4 and in Best British Short Stories 2019 (Salt Publishing).

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