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Brought to you by Penguin.

New York Times best seller.

A wild and gripping novel about one woman's quest to reintroduce wolves to the Scottish Highlands at any cost.

Inti Flynn arrives in the Scottish Highlands with 14 grey wolves, a traumatised sister and fierce tenacity.

As a biologist, she knows the animals are the best hope for rewilding the ruined landscape, and she cares little for local opposition. As a sister, she hopes the remote project will offer her twin, Aggie, a chance to heal after the horrific events that drove them both out of Alaska.

But violence dogs their footsteps, and one night Inti stumbles over the body of a farmer. Unable to accept that her wolves could be responsible, she makes a reckless decision to protect them. But if the wolves didn't make the kill, then who did? And can she trust the man she is beginning to love when he becomes the main suspect?

Propulsive and unforgettable, Once There Were Wolves is the spellbinding story of a woman desperate to save her family, the wild animals and the natural world she loves, at any cost.

©2022 Charlotte McConaghy (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"One of those very rare, special novels that changes you as you read." (Laurie Frankel)

"So damn good. A page-turner that makes you think and has a huge emotional impact." (Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation)

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clever.... gripping....emotional

This story twisted and turned...described and lived....surprised, and yet confirmed.
One of the best books in a long time.

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Deeply moving book but....

An excellently written, thought provoking book with one major flaw. The story contained a "twist" as obvious and transparent, that I can't believe a single reader didn't guess it, well in advance of the reveal.

That said a hugely relevant novel, that I'd recommend to anyone.

Performance wise the narrator is good, but if you're going to set a novel in Scotland, with the majority of the characters being Scottish, surely the ability to perform an even vaguely accurate Scottish accent, is a prerequisite? The lady performing this story makes Scotty in Star Trek sound positively authentic!

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Would give this book six stars if it were possible. Would recommend to anyone who loves the wild.

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This is a really great listen and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is very engaging and it’s beautifully written and very well narrated.