Set across two continents, “Tiger” by prize-winning writer Polly Clark, is a fierce, beautiful and immersing novel which plunges the reader into one of the world’s last wildernesses with blistering authenticity.
Frieda is a primatologist, sensitive and solitary, until a violent attack shatters her ordered world. In her new role as a zookeeper, she is given the job of caring for an injured wild tiger. Meanwhile, deep in the Siberian taiga, Tomas, a Russian conservationist, fears that the natural order has been toppled. The king tiger has been killed by poachers and a spectacular tigress now patrols his vast territory as her own. Before long, the fates of the tigers and the human characters coincide and are transformed forever.
Polly Clark worked as a zookeeper at Edinburgh Zoo where her fascination with Siberian tigers began. We’re delighted to welcome her to Stroud Book Festival where in conversation with Annalena McAfee she will tell us about her remarkable research for “Tiger”, including her trip to the remote Russian taiga where she learned how to track wild tigers.
This will be a spell-binding event for anyone who reveres the earth’s wildest creatures and cares about their fate.