The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild


By (author) Jack London, Illustrated by Andrew Davidson, Foreword by Jean George

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  • Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 205mm x 17mm | 411g
  • Publication date: 18 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0753412136
  • ISBN 13: 9780753412138
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 1,068,769

Product description

A story of strength and survival Buck is a dog born to luxury, but when he is sold to be a sledge dog in the harsh and frozen north he must quickly learn how to survive. He soon earns a reputation for his strength and courage and endures physical exhaustion, fierce battles with other dogs, and cruel treatment from a series of masters before he is saved by John Thornton and learns to love. But the call of the wild is strong, awakening primitive feelings of life in a wolf pack. When his beloved master is killed, Buck is finally free to follow that call. The Call of the Wild was first published in 1903 and quickly became a huge bestseller. A masterpiece of adventure and survival, it continues to enthrall readers almost a century on.

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Author information

Jack London (1876-1916) was born in San Francisco. Brought up in poverty, Jack left home at fifteen and travelled around North America as a tramp. In 1896 he was caught up in the gold rush to the Klondike River in north-west Canada. He returned home with no gold, but his experiences provided him with the inspiration for his many successful stories. The Call of the Wild was published in 1903, and was followed in 1906 by his popular wolf story, White Fang. Andrew Davidson trained as a designer at the Royal College of Art before becoming an illustrator. His distinctive engravings are cut on English boxwood blocks; those for The Iron Man by Ted Hughes won him the 1986 Emil/Kurt Maschler Award. He lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and two young sons.