Kipling’s Forgotten Sister

A collection of previously unpublished writings by Kipling’s sister Trix, by Lorna Lee has been published. Michael Smith describes it as: “…a treasure trove of unpublished writings … and a fascinating collection of facts, memories, and photographs.”…

Barrack-Room Ballads

A paperback edition of Barrack-room Ballads has been published in Signet Classics with an new Introduction and Annotation by Andrew Lycett. (ISBN 0-451-52886-7)


Rudyard Kipling

This week’s quotations

From his three hundred and fifty stories and nine hundred poems Kipling has contributed more familiar quotations to our language than anyone  since Shakespeare. Here’s a group of three for you to identify …

  1. Gerowlia waited in the sunshine, and chuckled to herself like a female pauper when she receives snuff. Her mahout said that he would go away for a drink of water. So he walked, and walked, and walked, till he disappeared on the stone strewn plains, and the Englishman was left alone with Gerowlia, aged fifty one.

  2. Now a bark is feminine beyond all other daughters of the sea, and this tall, hesitating creature, with her white and gilt figurehead, looked like a bewildered woman half lifting her skirts to cross a muddy street under the jeers of bad little boys. This was very much her situation.

  3. For Lascar Loo’s mother saw that a power had departed, and that her path lay clear to the custards. Therefore, when the carriages rattled off, the cat on the doorstep heard the wail of the dying prostitute who could not die —

    “Oh mother mother won’t you even let me lick the spoon!”

Here are the sources of these extracts


Past Newsletters

Mike Kipling sends out Newsletters every couple of  months, with details of future meetings, reports on events, and articles on subjects large and small.

These are emailed to Members and accessible on this site, as are  past newsletters with mentions of a great many articles and notices: