Abaddon Books


1 year ago

Friends! Not So Stories is available for pre-order! With an updated cover and foreword by Nikesh Shukla, this anthology has us tripping over our feet in our rush to get it to you. You may have read about Not So Stories in this Bookseller announcement last year.

And if you're anything like us, you were reaching for your best pair of running shoes before the last full stop, just so you could go tell everyone you know about it!  

And what a shout-worthy anthology it is! We’ve gathered together some of the finest established and new writers of colour and set them loose upon Rudyard Kipling’s work.

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling was one of the first true children’s books in the English language. A timeless classic that continues to delight readers to this day, Kipling’s Just So Stories is beautiful, evocative and playful – it is also deeply rooted in British colonialism from an author who saw the Empire as a benign, civilizing force.

Our stable of culturally diverse authors now create short works in reaction to Kipling’s Just So Stories and the result is magical. It is raw and powerful. Above all, it is a bold and timely anthology for those who are conscious of the power behind the stories we tell our children and ourselves.

Nikesh had this to say about the anthology:

"It's a brave choice to take something so much a part of the canon as Kipling and make it more inclusive, and yet that's what has happened in the following pages. There is a lot of talk at the moment about decolonizing our school and university syllabuses, especially English Literature ones where the canon remains pale, male and stale. 

However, the real fight to ensure our stories are inclusive, representative and sensitive starts with the stories of our childhood. Here is a new take on some of yours." 

Featuring stories by Cassandra Khaw, Jeannette Ng, Tauriq Moosa, Raymond Gates, Zina Hutton, Georgina Kamsika, Paul Krueger, Zedeck Siew, Stewart Hotston, Wayne Santos, Ali Nouraei, Adiwijaya Iskandar, Joseph E. Cole, and Achala Upendran, with illustrations from Woodrow and a foreword by Nikesh Shukla.

For press & interview queries, please contact Remy.Njambi@rebellion.co.uk 

Not So Stories is available for pre-order now!
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