HECTOR HUGH MUNRO, who wrote under the name SAKI was born on 18 December 1870, at Akyab, Burma.His father was an officer in the Burma police. Saki was sent to live with two maiden aunts in Devon at the age of two. Although these aunts were probably well-intentioned, they brought him up in a regime of strictness and severity. This left an indelible mark on his character, and is immortalized in a number of his short stories, especially Sredni Vashtar and The Lumber Room.

Munro was educated at Exmouth and at Bedford grammar school. He joined the Burma police but soon turned to journalism. He wrote political satires for the Westminster Gazette, was foreign correspondent for the Morning Post in the Balkans, Russia, and Paris. He moved to London in 1908.

He wrote four series of short stories: Reginald in 1904, Reginald in Russia in 1910, The Chronicles of Clovis in 1912, and Beasts and Super-Beasts 1914. His stories frequently reflect the manners and attitudes of Edwardian society, from the standpoint of the sardonic insider.They are beautifully polished, epigrammatic pieces of writing. The stories often involve a vein of cruelty, and often resolve on a surprise twist in the last sentence.

Saki died in the trenches of France in 1916.


The Match-Maker
Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger
The Stampeding of Lady Bastable
The Background
Hermann the Irascible
The Unrest-Cure
The Jesting of Arlington Stringham
Sredni Vashtar
The Chaplet
The Quest
The Easter Egg
Filboid Studge
The Music on the Hill
The Story of St. Vespaluus
The Way to the Dairy
The Peace Offering
The Peace of Mowsle Barton
The Talking-out of Tarrington
The Hounds of Fate
The Recessional
A Matter of Sentiment
The Secret Sin of Septimus Brope
“Ministers of Grace”
The Remoulding of Groby Lington
Reginald on Christmas Presents
Reginald on the Academy
Reginald at the Theatre
Reginald’s Peace Poem
Reginald’s Choir Treat
Reginald on Worries
Reginald on House-Parties
Reginald at the Carlton
Reginald on Besetting Sins
Reginald’s Drama
Reginald on Tariffs
Reginald’s Christmas revel
Reginald’s Rubaiyat
The Innocence of Reginald

Reginald in Russia
The Reticence of Lady Anne
The Lost Sanjak
The Sex That Doesn’t Shop
The Blood-Feud of Toad-Water
A Young Turkish Catastrophe
Judkin of the Parcels
The Saint and the Goblin
The Soul of Laploshka
The Bag
The Strategist
Cross Currents
The Baker’s Dozen
The Mouse