Jill Paton Walsh’s intriguing philosophical fable, set on a fictitious Mediterranean island in medieval Europe.

It is, perhaps, the 15th century and the ordered tranquility of a Mediterranean island is about to be shattered by the appearance of two outsiders: one, a castaway, plucked from the sea by fishermen, whose beliefs represent a challenge to the established order; the other, a child abandoned by her mother and suckled by wolves, who knows nothing of the precarious relationship between church and state but whose innocence will become the subject of a dangerous experiment.

The Booker Prize 1994
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Jill Paton Walsh

Jill Paton Walsh

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Jill Paton Walsh is the author of several highly praised novels for adults and many widely acclaimed children’s books.
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