Laline Paull

Author, playwright, screenwriter

Humanimal Stories



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 February 7, 2023 by Pegasus Books in the US.  A tale of family, tribalism, migration, love, sacrifice and survival, where once again, the weirdest things are true.  Narrated for Audible by Finty Williams, who is superb. 

‘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)

Some people want a trigger warning.  Some people say everything a writer could ever want to hear from a reader.  


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 National Theatre, with extraordinarily exciting tech element.  

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).  What could possibly go wrong with that plan…?   Shocking to learn how conservation is used to greenwash investment, and simultaneously cordon off highly strategic parts of the globe for military use. International treaties mean nothing if everyone’s making money.  Brilliantly narrated for Audible by Sam West, one of the very best.  

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