It’s also deeply rooted in British colonialism. Kipling saw the Empire as a benign, civilising force, in a way that’s troubling to modern readers. Not So Stories attempts to redress the balance, bringing together new and established writers of colour from around the world to take the Just So Stories back, to interrogate, challenge and celebrate their legacy.
Including stories by Adiwijaya Iskandar, Joseph E. Cole, Raymond Gates, Stewart Hotston, Zina Hutton, Georgina Kamsika, Cassandra Khaw, Paul Krueger, Tauriq Moosa, Jeannette Ng, Ali Nouraei, Wayne Santos and Zedeck Siew, illustrations by Woodrow Phoenix and an introduction by Nikesh Shukla.
David Thomas Moore was once a frail thing, O Best Beloved, with neither a thick shell nor poisonous spines nor his unparalleled editorial insight. But after outwitting a tortoise, a platypus and his friend and mentor Jonathan Oliver, he became the extraordinary creature who works for Abaddon Books and lives in Reading, England with his wife and daughter you know today.