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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Tiger is a bewitching novel that brings together three humans and a tiger in the wilds of Siberia.

Frieda is a primatologist, sensitively attuned to her research. When a terrible attack shatters her world, she becomes familiar with violence and competition. It is in her new role as a zookeeper that these brutal attributes will be sharpened. And here that she con
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by riverrun
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Claire (Silver Linings and Pages)
I adored this book! I eagerly anticipated it after reading Polly Clark’s wonderful debut novel “Larchfield”. Larchfield boldly dealt with maternal mental health, loneliness and reimagined WH Auden’s life, when gay love was illegal. Well, Tiger was just as brilliant!
This stunning novel follows the narratives of traumatised zookeeper Frieda, brittle and weary Russian conservationist Tomas and fiercely independent mother Edit, who ekes out an existence in the wilderness. At the end, th
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the best things about books is the journey they take you on, through the power of storytelling you can visit different countries and see the world through the eyes of others, man and animal – and it’s truly an amazing experience. When I read the blurb for Tiger, I really liked the sound of it because I love reading about wild animals; this novel exceeded all my expectations. Do you ever finish a novel, and immediately know it’s one you’ll reread in the future? Tiger is that novel for me.< ...more
Clair Sharpe
Tiger is a literary masterpiece told in four parts, bringing together the stories of 3 humans and a tiger.
In Part 1 we follow Frieda who is a primatologist studying the bonobo ape at a research institute. After a violent attack that leaves her near death, on return to the Institute she finds herself addicted to morphine and looses her position. Her old boss manages to find her a job working with primates at Torbet Zoo just as they prepare to welcome a magnificent Siberian tiger, in the hop
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Happy publication day to Tiger by Polly Clark. A book and novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and loved!

It is told from three different perspectives; Frieda a zookeeper in Cornwall; Tomas a conservationist in Siberia; Edit who has left her husband in Undeghe to start a new life.

I enjoyed all three perspectives equally. Three different continents, three different background and three different stories. They all central around one common theme – Tiger.

If you think a
Jackie Law
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Edit wanted, with all her heart, to protect her daughter. She wanted better for Zina than love”

Covering an expanse of over 6.6 million square miles, Russia is the world’s largest country by landmass. It includes nine different time zones and shares land borders with 14 neighboring countries. In the Amur region of the far east, forest wildernesses still exist, although they are always at risk from man’s desire to acquire personal wealth at whatever cost to the environment. Here the l
Wonderfully crafted novel set in SIBERIA

Polly Clark weaves together four different narratives in this powerful and gripping tale. The first focuses on Frieda, a primatologist, who finds it easier to connect with animals than humans. Following a violent and unexplained assault, Frieda takes to morphine to manage and her world falls apart. Forced to leave her job, she starts a new life at Torbe
My thanks to Quercus, Riverrun Books for an eARC via NetGalley of Polly Clark’s ‘Tiger‘ in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn’t surprised to learn that Polly Clark had previously published three poetry collections as I felt that ‘Tiger’ had a lyrical quality to its prose. Due to this I opted to purchase the audiobook edition narrated by Emma Spurgin-Hussey to listen alongside reading and so immerse myself in Clark’s elegant use of language.

While the focus of the novel is a family

BookTrail the locations in the novel

Set across two continents, Tiger is set in London and Siberia which transports the reader into a wild environment where tigers rule.

Starting off in England, in a fictional zoo, we meet Frieda who is a primatologist, working with the animals she so loves. A violent attack changes everything and shatters her world. It’s a signal to change her life, move away and start something new. So, she finds a new role in a zoo far away from where she lived before. This is going to again chang
Εvdokia Veloudou  (velvetreads)
Thank you to Quercus Books for gifting me a finished copy of ‘Tiger’ by Polly Clark.

The book is told by four different perspectives, each with their own journey, each with their own vantage point of how they take in situations and circumstances.

The first story is told by Dr. Frieda Bloom, who after losing her job as a primatologist, she finds herself in a zoo in Devon bring deeply immersed in the life of a male tiger.

The second part takes place in Siberia, where we meet Thomas, a R
The Book Sheelf
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A gripping, beautifully written example of ‘cli-fi’, a genre of fictional stories dealing with the very real environmental issues. Tiger follows Frieda (the addict doctor), Tomas (the smouldering conservationist) and Edit (survivalist, Mother and certified badass) as their lives become inextricably tied to the lives of a specific family of Siberian tigers.

There are strengths to each of the overlapping narratives but this book really finds its stride and the peak of its beautiful pros
Jul 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF. It had lovely descriptions but I just left it too long between picking it up. The characters just didnt grab me and I wasnt really invested in the book.
Pamela Scott

I read 90% of this amazing book in a couple of hours because I couldn’t stand to turn away from the pages. This is one of the best books I’ve read in ages. It stunned me. Clark is one of my favourite poets but I had no idea she wrote fiction as well. Tiger is her second novel. I loved it so much I’ve bought her debut Larchfield which I can’t wait to read. This book is three interconnected stories. Frieda studies primates but loses her job and finds a new career working in a zoo and unex
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Tiger for me is an example how a novel can be a hit with some readers, and a did not finish for others.

Unfortunately, I found myself in the latter group, whilst I did finish the novel, it left me feeling strangely unsatisfied at the end.

Tiger explores poaching, wild animals being kept in captivity and our relationship with the wild. Whilst the novel tries to thread these threads together with a novel, it just falls flat.

Frieda is a primatologist, suffering fro
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully researched and thoughtful novel bringing together 4 different stories featuring different characters but all linked together by the majestic Siberian Tiger.

The first story of Frieda I enjoyed a lot.  A Primatologist working with Bonobo monkeys, we read of her struggle with medication addiction after suffering a head injury after an attack in London. She loses her job and ends up in Devon working in a slightly eccentric zoo, with some very eccentric people, looking after
rebecca mccann
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I was very lucky to receive an ARC digital copy of this book through NetGalley. Thank you very much to the publishers for approving this.

‘Set across two continents, Tiger is a sweeping story of survival and redeeming love that plunges the reader into one of the world’s last wildernesses with blistering authenticity’

The story is told from several perspectives and the first narrative is that of Frieda, a primatologist, primarily studying Bonobos. Whilst recovering from a violent attack in London
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This has proved to be big hit with many readers but personally I failed to connect with it, as I didn’t find any of the characters relatable – or even realistic. In 4 parts, linked by a tiger, the story is essentially about the survival of tigers in the wild and in zoos, and the nature of man’s relationship with them. The first part concerns Frieda, a primatologist, who has been injured in a mugging and is now addicted to morphine. Having lost her job as a bonobo researcher she goes to a small z ...more
A unique novel in the way that some of it is told from the point of view of a tiger, which I thought was very well done. I loved Polly Clark’s last book Larchfield and I think she should be far better known. Her books are beautifully written, full of lyrical, poetic language but still completely readable.

Frieda has had to leave her job researching bonobos after a horrific attack. She is still very much healing and not functioning properly. She takes a job as a zookeeper and proves herself compe
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Quercus Books and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I just couldn't gel with this book. It started off so well and I loved the feeling of tension with the hunter and the tiger in the epilogue. Things nosedived for me once we got onto Frieda's story. Frieda is a researcher studying Bonobo apes. She's also an addict and when her addiction is found out, she is fired from her researcher job (don't steal morphine folks) and goes to work in a
Sandra Ireland
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Her gaze held a kind of wordless expanse of herself, as if I were looking into a Siberian landscape.’ I have never read a book which describes so fully the imagined inner lives of animals- the descriptions of the tigers are breath-taking. The writing is as crisp and sparkly as pristine snow. I was particularly moved by the way Ms Clark portrays their ‘otherness’, a species so alien we struggle to comprehend them, and yet we must coexist. The book falls into three distinct narratives. Tigers and ...more
Anne Goodwin
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tiger is a lovely novel about the complex bonds between humans and animals, mothers and daughters, and critical fathers and their sons.
Observing and conserving: Tiger & The Museum of Broken Promises
Jay Dwight
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting read.

The tiger is my favourite animal and I was fascinated with the narrative focused on the tigers in their native habitat in the stark Russian wilderness.
The stories interlinking the various sections of the novel held my interest throughout. My only criticism is that I didn't find any of the human characters relatable.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastic read! Finally something different I spontaneously found at the library. It Took me to the Russian forest chasing Siberian tigers. We crashed through drug addiction and broken hearts along the way. A really great read for animal and forest lovers. Some suspenseful moments!
Lady R
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
So disappointed I didn’t like this more.
I think the fact the topic and writing style is so different from Larchfield - which I adored - this really threw me & I struggled to emotionally connect.
Morven Gow
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just closed the cover on #Tiger @MsPollyClark. How to learn to trust & love, connect with others. Resilience.Ranges across continents, linking tigers with humans. Colonisation, grinding stereotypes, authenticity. Majestic & fierce stories gathered together. Loved this book. 5⭐ ...more
Jamie Klingler
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really gripping and enjoyable. When you can tell how much time an author has put in to a passion subject and how much they enjoy the storytelling, it’s a great combination. Also- the characters and tigers were drawn beautifully.
Lisa Duncan
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Far from anything I have read before but i have enjoyed it. Very well written.
Pascale Petit
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, utterly gripping, giving new insights into tigerness. By the end I was crying because it was so heartbreaking, but also because I didn’t want the book to end! I particularly loved the evocation of the taiga and her indigenes, her king and countess. The plot structure is absolute genius, the writing is sheer poetry.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Siberian tiger is the star of the book and the story lets you see the world through their eyes and those who care about them. The characters come alive and I cared about all of them.
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Being asked to be part of the Social Blast for Tiger by @mspollyclark 🐯- published by @quercusbooks
Its powerful and fantastically written. So beautiful.
It's about life, changes within life and freedom. 🐯
Personally I found this book has so much to offer and it delivers through out.
It sucked me in from the prologue. Its utterly engaging.
The intensity of the story and it offers so much more than just about a Tiger. It is a book that is also thought provoking.
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Bookish Chat
Tiger is split up into 4 distinct sections.  We start with Freida Bloom a primatologist who works in a research centre, studying the bonobo monkeys.  Freida has a huge affiliation with these creatures and feels almost at one with them, forming a distinct and strong bond with one of the older female monkeys.  However, Freida is a troubled soul, a survivor of a horrific unprovoked hammer attack which left her with a terrible head injury and an addiction to morphine.  When Freida is caught stealing ...more
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