Gabriel-Ernest and Other Tales by Saki
  

Gabriel-Ernest and Other Tales

Written by Saki
Illustrated by Quentin Blake

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What a treat for readers of all ages is this new collection of Saki’s masterly – and frequently macabre – short stories. An unhappy early life spent with cold and neurotic aunts in England while his father was away in India, must surely have given rise to the regiment of monstrous women who feature in these stories, and who suffer come-uppances that vary from the humiliating to the fatal. It’s delightfully gruesome and delivered in spell-binding style. Quentin Blake’s illustrations catch the light and the dark of the tales and almost quiver with energy, framing characters on the very edge of disaster. A must-have book. ~ Andrea Reece

Alma Books is an independent publisher mainly in the field of contempory fiction and classics. Around 40% of their titles are from English-language originals while the rest are translations from French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and other languages. Alma Books have just launched a series of children's and young-adult titles, and promise a selection of great international authors and new talent. Their launch titles include -

Alistair Grim's Odditorium by Gregory Funaro

Gabriel-Ernest and Other Tales by Saki

Madame Tussaud's Apprentice by Kathleen Benner Duble

Stones for My Father by Trilby Kent

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by Yasutaka Tsutsui

The Selfish Giant and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde

The Complete Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Synopsis

Gabriel-Ernest and Other Tales by Saki

The local landowner Van Cheele experiences an unnerving encounter with a youth sunning himself near a pond, and starts to wonder if there is any connection between this wild-looking boy and the recent disappearances of poultry, hares, lambs and, more alarmingly, an infant child in the area. To his astonishment, he discovers the next day that his aunt has decided to take the boy in, buying him a suit of clothes and naming him Gabriel-Ernest. Van Cheele remains suspicious, especially when it is revealed that there is something supernatural about their new ward...

An eerie and disquieting tale about the dark side of adolescence, 'Gabriel-Ernest', written with Saki's trademark wit and mischievousness, is here presented with seven other uncanny and macabre tales, featuring Quentin Blake's inimitable illustrations.

Reviews

In his sleek attacks on pretension and tough unruly optimism, Saki was irreplaceable and unreplaced. - The London Review of Books

Saki s short stories may be more than 100 years old but that sharp wit, precise uncompromising vocabulary, and championing of children over unpleasant supervisory adults is timeless . . . And Quentin Blake s drawings make them livelier than ever - The Independent

Quentin Blake's characteristically spiky illustrations capture the Saki irony well and make these century-old tales feel very fresh - The School Library Association



About the Author

Saki

Hector Hugh Munro (1870–1916) wrote under the pen name Saki and is best known for his strange, mischievous and witty short stories.

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Format

Paperback
128 pages

Author

Saki
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Publisher

Alma Classics an imprint of Alma Books Ltd

Publication date

15th October 2015

ISBN

9781847495921

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