Ian Young

From teacher to author

Ian Young began his literary career as a writer and features editor on the specialist magazine Classic Cars, where he probably spent as much time behind the wheel of expensive sports cars as he did at a keyboard. Several years of freelance editing and writing followed before he changed course entirely and trained as a primary school teacher, working for ten years at the Steiner Academy Hereford.

A father of five, Ian took a break from teaching in 2017 to pursue a variety of family projects and personal ambitions, not least of which was the intention to write a series of books for children that touched upon some of the themes – such as empathy, self-awareness, friendship – that he regularly explored during his time as a teacher.

The Winterscar Chronicles: 1

Cry of the Norwolf represents the opening act of a succession of titles chronicling the story of 10-year-old Arkyn Ironshield, whose extraordinary connection with the natural world generates fear and resentment from within his own community.

Cover illustration and black and white images inside by Ian Beck.

Cry of the Norwolf is a really entertaining read that I think would have broad appeal, especially to readers of Michelle Paver’s Wolf Brother series.

Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador

Paperback, 208pp, ​198 x 129 x 14mm.

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The Emerald Pendant – Ian’s sequel to Cry of the Norwolf – is just published.