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About Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay at the height of the British Raj. He was brought up in the pampered existence of a child of the British Colonial powers in India, learning Hindustani as his mother tongue, until the age of five when he was sent, with his three year old sister, back to Britain to be brought up British. The foster family they lodged with was brutally disciplinarian and Kipling and his sister suffered a very unpleasant few years (until his mother removed them). Kipling, however, attributed the growth of his literary imagination to the lies he learnt to tell to avoid the beatings.
Regarded as a major “innovator in the art of the short story” he is best known for The Jungle Book and Just So Stories and his novel kim, his poems Gunga Din  and If and his many short stories including The Man Who Would Be King.

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The Just So Stories Audiobook

The Just So Stories Audiobook
Written by Rudyard Kipling
Read by Art Malik

‘In the High and Far off times…’ begins Rudyard Kipling’s ‘How the Elephant got his Trunk’, read by star actor Art Malik in this unabridged audio book. Then off we are taken, by one of the greatest storytellers, into a world where children’s questions are turned neatly on their heads and questions provided which far from stopping the stream of enquiries only serve to make it gush faster.

These astonishingly funny and remarkably clever tales follow on directly from the tale told to Mowgli in the second ‘Jungle Book’ (1895) of ‘How the Tiger got his Stripes’.

Art Malik reads The Just So Stories brilliantly, with the perfect soft and gentle voice… an absolute must for any child (or adult!)

We have embedded Kipling’s own original illustrations into this audiobook so that they will appear on your screen with each chapter, whether you are listening on a computer or your iPod.

Plain Tales from the Hills Audiobook

Plain Tales from the Hills Audiobook
Written by Rudyard Kipling
Read by Tim Pigott-Smith

Award winning British actor Tim Pigott-Smith reads this unabridged audio book of the wry, evocative and extremely witty stories of the British at play in the hills of Simla, escaping the fire of the Indian high summer.

Author Rudyard Kipling’s love for the society he was born into and worked with shines out of the tales with the heat of the Indian sun.

His enthusiasiasm has often been taken to be an endorsement of the English Colonial system - George Orwell called him the “prophet of British Imperialism” and he did indeed revel in the eccentricities and peculiarities of the ex-patriot community.

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