Press Release: Saki
Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)
Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster
‘Saki is like a perfect martini but with absinthe stirred in… heady, delicious and dangerous’
Hector Hugh Munro (1870–1916), better known by his pseudonym Saki, was a peerless master of the short story – with the wit of Oscar Wilde, the breeziness of P. G. Wodehouse and the macabre edge of Roald Dahl.
This rich collection gathers together his very best, all of them classics by a writer at the peak of his powers. With his trademark black humour, Saki subverts the conventions of Edwardian society and pops the bubble of upper-class pretension. He conjures up the child’s point of view – the wonder of the forbidden place, the anger at injustices perpetrated by cruel adults, the delight of a carefully exacted revenge. And he sends shivers down the spine with his tales of the supernatural.
In Saki’s world, anything can happen. An adolescent werewolf chaperones a group of Sunday School infants, a talking cat causes acute embarrassment with his revelations, and a put-upon child literally wishes death on an oppressive aunt… At any moment, a hyena may appear on an English country lane or a wolf step into the drawing-room. With their carefree pranksters and pagan princes, compulsive gamblers and aristocratic amnesiacs, conmen and kleptomaniacs, Saki’s stories truly have it all: meticulous construction, delightful wordplay and surprise endings that pull the (Persian) rug from under your feet.
This collection is wittily illustrated by Osbert Lancaster, pioneer of the pocket cartoon, whose insider’s eye and sharp pen bring the world of Saki’s stories vividly to life.
‘If only Saki were still alive. The age of Trump needs his brutal dismantling of human stupidities’
Quarter-bound in cloth with paper sides. Set in Guardi with Edwardian display. 352 pages. Frontispiece and 9 black & white illustrations. Plain Slipcase. 9½˝ x 5¾˝.
UK £29.95 US $44.95 Can $59.95 Aus $59.95
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