Plain Tales from the Hills

Plain Tales from the Hills

By Rudyard Kipling; Griff Rhys Jones (Foreword by); Anthony Lejeune (Introduction by)

Capuchin Classics, Paperback, 9780955519635, 272pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2008

Set and published during the time the British Raj, a time of subalterns and tea planters, tiffin and bands playing The Roast Beef of England, the forty stories in 'Plain Tales From The Hills' are played out under an unforgiving sun, revealing the deceit, faithlessness, shallowness, despair, mistrust, hate and petty jealousies rife amongst the British inhabitants of India. Fascinating, funny, tragic, immensely readable and witty, these stories provide an invaluable insight into life in India during the British Raj, introducing us to the work of one of the most beloved writers of the twentieth century.

About the Author
Nobel prize-winning writer Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India, but returned with his parents to England at the age of five. Influenced by experiences in both India and England, Kipling s stories celebrate British imperialism and the experience of the British soldier in India. Amongst Kipling s best-known works are The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, and the poems Mandalay and Gunga Din. Kipling was the first English-language writer to receive the Nobel prize for literature (1907) and was amongst the youngest to receive the award. Kipling died in 1936 and is interred in Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey.

Anthony Lejeune is an award winning broadcaster, journalist and author, who read classics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was an exhibitioner in Greek.