Wild Boy by Jill Dawson

Wild Boy

Jill Dawson

This is an engrossing story of a feral boy found in France at the beginning of the 19th century, the attempts made to 'civilise' him, and the effect he has on the doctor and governess who look after him. The central characters all have hinted-at secrets which makes you carry on reading long after you planned to put it down!


I shaded my eyes against the sunlight and made out a dark shape: a dog, black and gangling and unnaturally still, tethered to a tree with some rope ... as I looked, the dog transformed himself. In front of my eyes emerged a crouching, dark filthy creature, but a human creature nonetheless.

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Nell - the film
  • Ben in the World by Doris Lessing

Books with similar mood

Derby Day

D J Taylor


Rana Dasgupta

London Dust

Lee Jackson


C S Godshalk

The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri

Missing Nancy

Carolyn Lewis

This Time of Dying

Reina James

No Christian Grave

Edmund Power

The Desperate Remedy

Martin Stephen

Accidents in the Home

Tessa Hadley

All She Was Worth

Miyuki Miyabe

The Collector of Lost Things

Jeremy Page

The House of Special Purpose

John Boyne

The Greening of Larry Mahon

Dave Duggan

The Seven Sisters

Margaret Drabble

Upstairs in the Tent

Cynthia Rogerson

A Perfect Arrangement

Suzanne Berne

The Red Dancer

Richard Skinner

Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder

Shamini Flint

22 Britannia Road

Amanda Hodgkinson

In Times of Fading Light

Eugen Ruge

The Missing

Tim Gautreaux


Anne Holt

We are Family

Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees

The Memory Stones

Kate O'Riordan

The Hunters

Clare Messud


Bruce McCabe

Olive Kitteridge

Elizabeth Strout


Jed Mercurio

The Golden Door

Kerry Jamieson

Shame the Devil

George Pelecanos

A Little Stranger

Kate Pullinger

The Missing

Tim Gautreaux

Secrets of the Sea

Nicholas Shakespeare

Eve Green

Susan Fletcher

Girls in Trouble

Caroline Leavitt

The Book of Israel

Jeremy Gavron

Death in the Dordogne

Louis Sanders

The Memory Game

Nicci French

The Western Wind

Samantha Harvey

Akram's War

Nadim Safdar

The Last of Us

Rob Ewing

In Their Father's Country

Anne-Marie Drosso

Catching the Light

Karen Powell

The Broken Places

Susan Perabo

Ancient Promises

Jaishree Misra

The Happiest Days

Cressida Connolly

No One Writes Back

Jang Eun-Jin

Old Men in Love

Alasdair Gray