A rehearsed reading by Robert Lloyd Parry
"And do you really ask us to believe," Sir Wilfrid was saying, "that you have discovered a means for instructing animals in the art of human speech?”
Welcome to the strange and baffling world of Saki, where animals behave like men, and men sometimes return the complement.
The author (real name Hector Hugh Monro) was killed by a sniper's bullet at the Battle of Ancre in 1916. His last words were, reputedly, 'put that bloody cigarette out,' which sounds almost too good to be true when you consider the mordant wit of his storytelling. The literary progenitor of Roald Dahl, Saki’s short stories are remarkable for their enduring capacity to shock and amuse.
Join Robert Lloyd Parry [The M R James Project, The Time Machine] as he reads six of the best, at Harrogate library.