Fabulist, Storyteller, Author

A CAT MAY LOOK AT A KING

New revised 2022 edition - Available in Kindle now


“When Ramsay Wood retells a story he makes a proper job of it.” — The Times.

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Best known for his novelistic update of animal fables stemming from the ancient Panchatantra, Ramsay Wood has written three books. His first, Kalila & Dimna - Vol 1: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal is available as Kindle in five languages including English, Italian, German, French and Spanish — with the latter two also printed in Paperback.

Kalila & Dimna — Vol 2: Fables of Conflict and Intrigue is available as Kindle in English, Brazilian Portuguese, French and Spanish (again, also printed in Paperback in French and Spanish).

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Kalila et Dimna (Vol 2)

Conflits et intrigues

2020 French edition – Kindle / Paperback

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Kalila et Dimna (Vol 1)

Amitié et trahison

2019 French edition – Kindle / Paperback

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

Stories as closely interfolded as the petals of a rose.
Ursula le Guin

Racy, funny, vigorous, contemporary.
Doris Lessing

 

Reviews

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

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

San Francisco Chronicle

This fresh creation follows the more than two thousand year old precedent of adapting, collating and arranging the material in any way that suits present purposes. It is contemporary, racy, vigorous, full of zest. It is also very funny. I defy anyone to sit down with it and not finish it at a sitting. Ramsay Wood’s own enjoyment in doing the book has made it so enjoyable.

Doris Lessing, Nobel Prize for Literature 2007

Ramsay Wood follows his originals closely, and slips with skill in and out of stories as closely interfolded as the petals of a rose.

Ursua Le Guin (The Washington Post)

Sans frontière linguistique ni culturelle, ces fables ignorent aussi celles du temps. Au sein du recueil, les paradoxes temporels abondent. Des lettres très antiques, enfermées dans une série de coffres par le roi Houschenk autrefois, s’adressent aux souverains de l’avenir. Elles renferment des conseils dont le sens ne s’éclaire qu’à mesure, parfois avec un très grand retard.

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Roger-Pol Droit (Le Monde)