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Just So Stories

Originally told by Rudyard Kipling to his children at bedtime, this compendium of witty tales imagines how animals came to be as they are now. Discover how the massive whale got a tiny throat by swallowing a mariner, how the lazy camel got a hump so that he had no excuse not to work, and why the leopard’s spots were painted on. Kipling’s imagination runs wild as he creates charming origin stories that still enchant and delight children to this day. This edition features Kipling’s iconic original illustrations.

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An Interview with E.R. Murray

E.R. Murray’s Caramel Hearts is a coming-of-age novel about friendship, family and food. It tells the story of Liv Bloom, a fourteen-year-old with a very complicated life – her father gone, her mother in a recovery centre for alcoholics – and how she learns to cope with these difficulties and embrace her family, despite their problems. We spoke to author E.R. Murray about her inspiration for the novel, why she decided to make food such a fundamental part of it, and what books spoke to her when she was a fourteen-year-old girl like Liv. Q: What sparked off the writing of Caramel Hearts? What was the original inspiration? A: I’m not very good at explaining where book ideas come from because I live with the characters for a while in my head before I start writing anything down. Also, I write organically, without plotting or planning beforehand, so my stories are Darwinian and always evolving. I start with a character, the setting and the tone, and that’s about it! There are so many change…

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Rudyard Kipling: Three Book Pack

A gifty shrink-wrapped pack to include the most-loved children’s stories by Rudyard Kipling, all beautifully illustrated by Ian Beck Each volume contains extra material for young readers, including a profile of the author, a section on the book, a list of characters, a glossary and a test-yourself quiz. The Jungle Books  This special edition contain The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book. All the stories are set in India and feature animals. They include the well-known ‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’, which describes the struggles of a mongoose against venomous cobras. The Just So Stories Originally told by Rudyard Kipling to his children at bedtime, this compendium of witty tales imagines how animals came to be as they are now. Discover how the massive whale got a tiny throat by swallowing a mariner, how the lazy camel got a hump so that he had no excuse not to work, and why the leopard’s spots were painted on. Kim Kimball O’Hara, the orphaned son of an Irish soldier, spends his childhood on t…

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The Abyss and Other Stories

As the young Zinaida and her sweetheart, the student Nemovetsky, stroll through the idyllic Russian countryside, their memories, dreams and thoughts about life and the future mingle in the evening breeze. But when night falls, they hasten to retrace their steps back to town through a small wood, where they are accosted by three threatening drunkards, who knock Nemovetsky unconscious and start to chase the girl through the underwood. When the young student comes round, he is confronted with the horror of what has just happened. Haunting, disquieting, shocking, ‘The Abyss’ – one of the most powerful short stories ever written – is accompanied in this volume by fifteen other stories by Andreyev, including ‘Silence’, ‘The Thief’ and ‘Lazarus’, some of them never translated before into English. Together, they provide a clear account of the lasting legacy of Russia’s foremost man of letters of the early twentieth century. Contains: ‘Bargamot and Garaska’, ‘A Grand Slam’, ‘Silence’, ‘Once upo…

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After-Supper Ghost Stories

As they relax after dinner on Christmas Eve, the members of a family and their guests turn to telling ghost stories. These ghoulish accounts range from the melancholy to the macabre, and get increasingly bizarre as the ghosts leap out of the tales and make an appearance in the family’s home. Fact and fiction, the real and unreal collide, until the reader is not sure who is haunting whom. A masterful work of comic horror, Jerome K. Jerome’s After-Supper Ghost Stories is a witty look at why Christmas Eve is so perfect for ghost stories and why ghosts love the Yuletide season.

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The Grey Parrot and Other Stories

W.W. Jacobs delighted in finding unlikely humour in everyday situations and observations, and these tales succeed in raising a laugh from the most mundane of scenarios. In ‘The Grey Parrot’, a sailor buys a parrot for his wife, whom he suspects isn’t faithful in his absence, hoping that the bird will inadvertently repeat anything untoward it hears. Unfortunately for him, the parrot exceeds his expectations, and it’s not only his wife who is left blushing. This volume contains a careful selection of the very best stories from Jacobs’s 150-strong repertory, and includes well-known standalone pieces such as ‘The Monkey’s Paw’, as well as accounts of raucous dockside dalliances and tightly woven tales of poacher Bob Petty’s crimes against the unlikely cast of an Essex village. Showcasing a unique assortment of stories spanning his writing career, this edition hopes to shine a light on a hugely talented writer who inspired many of the literary giants we now consider masters of the genre.

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Quest: Stories of Journeys from Around Europe from the Aarhus 39

Quest, a volume of seventeen stories aimed at children, will whisk you away from dark bedrooms to new dimensions and fantasy realms, via the Russian countryside and modern Rome. You’ll encounter talking field mice, invisible friends, flying kraiks, white elephants, runaway books and wardrobes that act as magic portals. Hopping across all sorts of genres and showcasing authors from all over Europe – from the Basque country and Cyprus to Iceland and the Czech Republic – this book is certain to broaden horizons and engage the reader in all kinds of fun. Hay Festival is delighted to present Aarhus 39, a two-volume collection of the best emerging writers for young readers from across wider Europe. Three of Europe’s best-loved children’s authors – Matt Haig (UK), Kim Fupz Aakeson (Denmark) and Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain) – have selected thirty-nine writers under the age of forty, and invited them to write an original story on the theme of “journey”. These new stories, together with the spe…

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Odyssey: Stories of Journeys from Around Europe from the Aarhus 39

Odyssey, a volume of twenty-one stories aimed at young adults, offers a variety of takes on the theme of travelling – at times funny and playful, at others dramatic and poignant – covering a wide range of subjects relevant to teenagers across Europe such as coming of age, sexuality, migration, identity and displacement. Whether you’re after realism or escapism, tales about inner cities, sunny holidays or sci-fi ventures into the future, this book will have something for everyone. Hay Festival is delighted to present Aarhus 39, a two-volume collection of the best emerging writers for young readers from across wider Europe. Three of Europe’s best-loved children’s authors – Matt Haig (UK), Kim Fupz Aakeson (Denmark) and Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain) – have selected thirty-nine writers under the age of forty, and invited them to write an original story on the theme of “journey”. These new stories, together with the specially commissioned illustrations that accompany them, are a celebration…

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Catastrophe and Other Stories

This volume brings together twenty of the best stories written by Dino Buzzati – author of the celebrated novel The Tartar Steppe and one of the most original voices in twentieth-century literature – stories which show the Italian master’s taste for the bizarre and the humorous, and for exploring the darker recesses of the human psyche. From ‘The Collapse of the Baliverna’, where a man is racked with guilt at the thought that he might have been responsible for the loss of many lives, to ‘The Epidemic’, which describes the spread of a “state influenza” contracted only by people who don’t step into line with the government, and ‘Terror at the Scala’, where the higher echelons of Milan society are gripped with the fear of an impending revolution – these stories show how strange and unexpected events can creep into everyday life and draw ordinary people towards mystery, disquiet and, ultimately, catastrophe.  

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An Interview with Sue Purkiss, author of Jack Fortune

To celebrate the release of Jack Fortune and the Search for the Hidden Valley, we caught up with Sue Purkiss to find out a little about what went on behind the scenes…   Q. How old were you when you first started writing? My first book was published in 2003, when I was 52. I’ve written bits and pieces ever since I was a child, but I didn’t ever think I could be a “proper” writer until I did a diploma in creative writing at Bristol University, and met wonderful children’s writer Vivian French, who was very encouraging. Q. You write books set in a variety of places and times – do you have a favourite setting? No. But setting is important to me. I have to know about the setting and find it interesting – inspirational, even. It helps if I can visit the place where a story is set, but it’s not essential. I’ve never been to the Himalayas, where Jack is set – perhaps one day! Q. What was the inspiration behind Jack Fortune? The plant hunters. They were so brave – crazily brave, and had s…

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