Ghost Hunter, the sixth and final volume in her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, was the unanimously chosen winner, which the judges described as a ‘towering achievement’.

‘Set in an imagined prehistory, the series follows a young boy called Torak, who finds he can communicate with a wolf cub, and becomes his companion’

‘Renowned for the authentic detail she brings to the series, Paver had learned to “speak wolf” at a wolf conservation centre as part of her research for the latest novel. Her researches for Ghost Hunter also took her to Finnish Lapland, where she snowshoed on the trail of elk and reindeer. ‘

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Michelle Paver’s Ghost Hunter beat the other shortlisted books: Morris Gleitzman‘s Now, Gregory Hughes‘s Unhooking the Moon and Eva Ibbotson‘s The Ogre of Oglefort to take the award.