Tim Leach – Smile of the Wolf
Tim Leach is a writer of historical fiction, specialising in the ancient world, unreliable source texts, and the crossover points between myth and history.
Tenth-century Iceland. In the darkness of midwinter, two friends set out on an adventure but end up killing a man.
Kjaran, a travelling poet who trades songs for food and shelter, and Gunnar, a feared warrior, must make a choice: conceal the deed or confess to the crime and pay the blood price to the family. For the right reasons, they make the wrong choice.
Their fateful decision leads to a brutal feud: one man is outlawed, free to be killed by anyone without consequence; the other remorselessly hunted by the dead man's kin.
Set in a world of ice and snow, Smile of the Wolf is an epic story of exile and revenge, of duels and betrayals, and of two friends struggling to survive in a desolate landscape, where honour is the only code that men abide by.
Join him to find the connections between historic and present landscapes, past heroes and modern adventurers, question the themes of personal quest, fellowship and risk that we all experience.
Tim's first novel, The Last King of Lydia, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2013. A sequel, The King and the Slave, followed in 2014, and his latest book, Smile of the Wolf, was published earlier this year.
He is a graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme where he now teaches fiction as an Assistant Professor. Originally from Essex, he now lives in Sheffield, and is a keen fell runner and rock climber in his spare time.
"Like a medieval tapestry, the storytelling is rich with imagery. Readers will be lured spellbound into this lyrical and evocative Icelandic saga. It deserves huge success." - David Gilman
"A thoughtful, literary take on a world that is more often depicted in a boy's adventure way. The focus in Leach's book is not on the fighting, but on the strange, inescapable logic that makes the fighting inevitable" - The Times
Smile of the Wolf by Tim Leach, published by Head of Zeus will be available to buy at our bookshop over the weekend.
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