The Great Retreat

by Ruskin Bond

  1. ISBN: 978-93-5304-718-4
  2. Pages: 224 pages
  3. Date: 20 October 2018


‘As they went on, the tilt of the floor increased so that it was hard to keep a footing on it, and then a swing of Trev’s torch showed that an ominous-looking crevasse had opened at its lower edge. Suddenly there was a cry from Judy as her foot slipped and she slid down with her legs hanging over the black depths of the crevasse.’

The Great Retreat is an anthology of exciting short fiction written by some of the most popular names of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Selected by Ruskin Bond, stories of adventure, suspense, and horror spill out of these pages, each with a nail-biting climax that will set your heart racing. From R.L. Stevenson and Oscar Cook to Sylvia Green and Nikolai S. Leskov among others, this book opens up a world of fantasy where danger and threat lurk in every corner as do shape-shifting wolves and the walking dead!


Ruskin Bond is known for his signature simplistic and witty writing style. He is the author of several bestselling short stories, novellas, collections, essays and children’s books; and has contributed a number of poems and articles to various magazines and anthologies. At the age of twenty-three he won the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for his first novel, The Room on the Roof. He was also the recipient of the Padma Shri in 1999, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Delhi Government in 2012 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.

Born in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Shimla, New Delhi and Dehradun. Apart from three years in the UK, he has spent all his life in India, and now lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family.

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