Wolfish : The stories we tell about fear, ferocity and freedomBerry, Erica More by this author...£16.99
Wolves abound through cultural folklore and through literature - vilified and venerated in equal measure.
In Wolfish, Erica Berry examines these depictions, alongside her own research of the wolf over seven years, to get to the heart of the paradoxical pull people feel to the creature that simultaneously repels them: 'What does it mean to want to embody the same creature from which you are supposed to be running?' The wolf is so often depicted as the male predator, preying on the vulnerable girl/woman who strays from the path; the she-wolf meanwhile depicts women who sit outside the accepted boundaries of feminine behaviour.
Berry openly recounts her own uncomfortable and sometimes frightening experiences as a woman to try to understand how we navigate our fears when threat can seem constant. Through it all, Berry finds new expressions for courage and survival: how to be a brave human and animal member of our fragile, often dangerous world.