The Dark Wild (sequel to The Last Wild) was chosen over a fantastic and competitive shortlist in the only prize for childrens books judged by fellow authors. A beautiful and compelling world was created by Torday in his first book, and followed through with here. Memorable, stirring 2wildly inventive" (as noted by judge Frank Cottrell Boyce), The Dark Wild takes us on a journey that is at once dynamic, chilling and heart-felt. This dystopian world where the wildlife has been all but annihilated acts as a stark warning, while never offering simplistic or didactic answers. Complex and wondrous, this is an amazing novel...one everyone should read.
Congratulations to Piers Torday, who receives £1500, along with the respect of his contemporaries. And further congratulations to all the shortlisted authors...glad I didn't have to judge this one!