Ramsay Wood is a writer with a background in photography, journalism, business and teaching dyslexic children. Son of a diplomat, he was brought up in America, the Philippines, Belgium and Vietnam. He now lives in London.

His fascination between the published heritage of folktales compared to their live delivery by storytellers began with his travels in the Islamic world in the 1970s.

His first book Kalila and Dimna — Selected Fables of Bidpai was published by Knopf in 1980 and over the next 30 years was translated into Italian, German, French, and Indonesian. A revised Random House India English edition was published in 2010.

His second book Kalila and Dimna — Fables of Conflict and Intrigue was published by Medina in 2011.

A new Spanish edition with both books together came out in 2017.

These stories speak to and belong to the whole of humanity… What Ramsay has done over the last 30 years is to have made the version for our time.

Michael Wood historian, BBC broadcaster and author of The Story of India.

Kalila y Dymna

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Reviews

Pungent and vigorous. . . a wide range of appeal.

Library Journal

When Ramsay Wood retells a story he makes a proper job of it: not for him those pale imitations of a nobel original which is what your average reteller palms off on his readers.

The Times

A beautiful book full of mirth and human interest and unsentimental wisdom and vigorous writing.

Boston Globe

Jewels of story-writing, narrated with the psychological insight, subtle rhythms and changes of pace of a veteran. Playful, allusive, richly ambiguous, teasing in their narrative complexity and yet deceptively clear in their resolutions: immersing oneself in the world of this

Michael Wood, author & broadcaster of The Story of India

Unique retelling… may well jolt literary sensibilities tuned to the solemnity or quaintness of our best known versions of animal fables.

San Francisco Chronicle