Global Tales

Stories from Many Cultures
Edited by Beverley Naidoo, Chris Donovan and Alun Hicks

These sixteen tales by new and internationally-known writers reveal the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of writing in English today. The stories engage and challenge as well as offering a variety of forms, settings, contexts, characters, themes and language. A truly multicultural collection.


Focus on plot 
An Astrologer's Day - R K Narayan 
The Pieces of Silver - Karl Sealy

Focus on character 
Crime and Punishment - RK Narayan
Warrior Woman & The Easter Hat - Nancy Chong

Focus on setting 
Kill to Eat - Oodgeroo Nunukul
What Do You Do in Winter? - Marion Strachan
The Steel Windpipe - Mikhail Bulgakov

Focus on content 
The Gold Cadillac - Mildred D Taylor
Poinsettias - Beverley Naidoo
Robert and the Dog - Ken Saro-Wiwa
The Man - E B Dongala

Focus on language 
Why Apes Look Like People - Julius Lester 
Full Stop - Alecia McKenzie
The Escape - Millie Murray

Focus on theme 
Circus Cat Alley Cat - Anita Desai 
More than just the Disease - Bernard MacLaverty

I love this book of short stories, beautifully written, carefully selected, fruitfully placed alongside each other. The stories will open up aspects of the wider world to anyone who reads them…The editors have provided very valuable notes on the authors, and ways of working with the stories… A must for the school library, and every English department should have a set.
– The School Librarian, UK

Used in the Oxford & Cambridge Examinations and Assessment Council International GCSE syllabus 1999 –