About

The Cold Edge is the official website of author and explorer Leo Carew. His debut novel The Wolf is out now.

The third of four children, Leo grew up in the centre of London, in the shadow of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Inspired by audiobooks, he developed a late interest in reading and began trying his hand at writing soon afterwards. It was at this time that he also developed a sneaking suspicion that the city was not for him and spent as much time as possible exploring remote areas. After school, this led to two formative months spent on expedition in the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

Three years followed reading Biological Anthropology at Cambridge University, most of which was spent staring out of the window, dreaming about colder climates. Obligatory time with serious studying done, Leo returned to Svalbard – Old Norse for “The Cold Edge” – where he lived in a tent for a year training and working as an Arctic guide. During this time, he revisited a novel he had begun at the age of 12 and began reassembling it in the considerable space offered by 24hr darkness. A reluctant return to London to train as a doctor and pursue a career as an army medic followed, during which time he completed his first novel, The Wolf.

Leo currently lives in London, writing, studying medicine and breaking off as often as possible for an adventure somewhere cold and wild. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @leocarew1

 

Critical Praise for The Wolf:

“It’s an absorbing study of one man’s rise to power… imagine Game of Thrones rewritten by John le Carré – with some magnificent world-building (the northern Black Kingdom is graphically rendered in all its wintry bleakness). Featuring excellent anthropological observations of the opposing cultures of the Anakim and the Suthernors, and building inexorably towards its climactic battle, The Wolf is a marvellously accomplished debut.” THE GUARDIAN

Gripping and ambitious . . . twisty in its political maneuverings, gritty in its battle descriptions, and rich with a sense of heroism and glory” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

The Wolf is a work of extraordinary imagination and perhaps the most captivating first novel I’ve ever read” MICHAEL DOBBS, author of House of Cards

“Full of dark conspiracies, larger-than-life characters, and tense battles, Leo Carew has created a rousing cross between The Magnificent Seven and Game of ThronesPAUL HOFFMAN, author of The Left Hand of God

An action-packed and blood-splattered tour de force . . . Carew is the real deal an exciting new voice in fantasy” KIRKUS REVIEWS

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5 responses to “About

    • Hi Jack – it’s reasonably competitive. In my year I think there were about one hundred applicants for around twenty places. Of course, as offers are made quite late in the year and going off to Svalbard is a big commitment, there’s inevitably a lot of people who can’t accept their offers. They therefore have quite a long reserve list that they can turn to if the original twenty offered places can’t accept. So they maybe make forty offers overall.

      Selection is based on a combination of outdoor experience, your motivations and your school/university achievements. Hope this is helpful – good luck!

  1. Hi Louis!

    Great reading about your experience with ANG.

    Can you tell me how old were the people participating in the ANG program in your course?

    • Hi Fred! I seem to remember the average age was about 26. The youngest person there was 20 at the start of the course, and the oldest 37 I think. Hope this helps!

      Leo

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