Laline Paull

Author, playwright, screenwriter

Originality over genre


My new novel POD is a cetacean epic, an imagined story based in real environmental science and marine biology. With a cast of many marine creatures, it’s published by Corsair in the UK and Commonwealth, and in 2023 in the US.  A tale of family, tribalism, migration, love, sacrifice and survival, where once again, the weirdest things are true.  

‘Laline Paull succeeds splendidly in rising to the most important literary challenge of our time – restoring voice and agency to other-than-human beings’ Amitav Ghosh

‘A pacy, provocative tale of survival in a fast-changing marine landscape’ – Daily Mail  (I’m amazed they liked it)


THE BEES was my debut novel, an insect thriller that centres on the amazing fact of the laying worker in the honeybee hive. Motherhood is punishable by death, in a world where only the Queen may breed. A sensational true story, just waiting to be told. Currently adapting for THE best theatre in the nation (clue) for a 2024 production, to be their first VR/live-action show.  More on this soon…

THE ICE – The story of a naive and venal British businessman entangled in the murky realpolitik of Arctic development. Triggered by visiting Svalbard (the contested Norwegian/Russian Arctic archiepelago) and learning how conservation is used to greenwash hard-nosed investment, and simultaneously cordon off highly strategic parts of the globe for military use. I learned how international treaties mean nothing if everyone looks the other way.  Brilliantly narrated for Audible by Sam West, one of the very best.  

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