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