The Wolf Road


A gripping novel about loss, grief, violence and courage.

When fifteen-year old Lucas survives the car accident that kills his parents, one memory stays with him – of the wolf that caused the crash. Forced to leave his home and live with his Nan in the Lake District, Lucas struggles to adjust to his strange, new world. And when he learns that a wild creature is killing livestock on the mountains, he knows it’s the wolf, that it’s come for him, and that he must face it. But that means confrontation – with Nan, school bullies, the authorities – and it also means going onto the high fells in a hunt that becomes a matter of life and death…


‘The shift between objective and subjective, the everyday and the eerie, are masterly. Richard Lambert’s debut novel is phenomenally poised, from its shocking opening  till its haunting final pages.’ Financial Times

‘Compelling debut. Introduces a significant new voice — has something of the shock effect of Piers Torday’s There May Be a Castle and the raw force of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls. Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week

‘A tale of loss that is also a gripping thriller, a realistic study of grief that skirts the margins of fantasy, it walks wolf-like between worlds and genres. Richard Lambert writes with a poet’s eye; he has created something magical here. ‘ Jonathan Stroud

‘One of the most stunning books I’ve read in years. I think it’s superb. An astonishing exploration of grief and love and courage and wildness.’ Hilary McKay
‘A haunting, involving study of compassion, wildness and family for teens. Literary Review

‘A passionately told story of loss, pain, growing up and adventure to haunt any reader’s imagination.’ Michèle Roberts

‘A stunning, special debut about love and loss and how the wildness can save us.’ Chelsey Flood

‘A smart chilling page-turner that kept me guessing right up to the end’ Hayley Long

‘Moving, menacing, written with cinematic clarity’ Andrew Cowan

Book Details


198mm x 129mm






April 15th 2020




Richard Lambert