Puck of Pook's Hill (version 2)

Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)

'Puck of Pook's Hill' is a fantasy book by Rudyard Kipling, published in 1906, containing a series of short stories set in different periods of English history. It can count both as historical fantasy – since some of the stories told of the past have clear magical elements, and as contemporary fantasy – since it depicts a magical being active and practising his magic in the England of the early 1900s when the book was written.

The stories are all narrated to two children living near Burwash, in the area of Kipling's own house Bateman's, by people magically plucked out of history by the elf Puck, or told by Puck himself. (Puck, who refers to himself as "the oldest Old Thing in England", is better known as a character in William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.) The genres of particular stories range from authentic historical novella (A Centurion of the Thirtieth, On the Great Wall) to children's fantasy (Dymchurch Flit). Each story is bracketed by a poem which relates in some manner to the theme or subject of the story. - Summary by Wikipedia

Genre(s): Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Weland's Sword Nick Whitley
Play 02 Young Men at the Manor Nick Whitley
Play 03 The Knights of the Joyous Venture Nick Whitley
Play 04 Old Men at Pevensey Nick Whitley
Play 05 A Centurion of the Thirtieth Nick Whitley
Play 06 On the Great Wall Nick Whitley
Play 07 The Winged Hats Nick Whitley
Play 08 Hal o' the Draft Nick Whitley
Play 09 'Dymchurch Flit' Nick Whitley
Play 10 The Treasure and the Law Nick Whitley