Into The Unknown
Michelle was born in Nyasaland (now Malawi), where her South African father ran the tiny Nyasaland Times, and her Belgian mother wrote a weekly gossip column. But the days of genteel colonial society were numbered, and in 1963 the family moved to England, where she was educated in Wimbledon and at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
Michelle Paver is sparkier and less diffident than I recall. We originally met in 2004, when Wolf Brother, the first of her bestselling series of children's novels about stone-age life, appeared. Outcast, number four of a planned six, is published this week, and Paver is becoming used to the trappings of celebrity - interviews, book signings, author tours. She is at home now in the media age as well as the stone age.
"Without Charity" was Michelle's first published book. There is a special place in every author's heart for their debut work... it is often intensely personal in flavour, and usually the result of years of hard toil. We asked Michelle how "Without Charity" came to be - and what it means for her.