PRESS RELEASE: August 2010
TOP ACTOR DAVID TENNANT, best known as Dr Who, has teamed up with Hong Kong-based author Nury Vittachi on a new audio tale. The UK-based TV actor has recorded The Legend of Earthseasky, a new story by the popular Asian author.
The pairing is the lead story in a new book and audio-book story collection called the Just When Stories. Other top authors involved include William Boyd, Michael Morpurgo and Hanif Kureishi. Actors on the audiobook version include Romola Garai, star of Atonement, and Martin Jarvis, who was in Titanic.
The Just When Stories is a collection of original stories inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. That legendary book, which contains classic tales such as “How the Leopard Got His Spots”, was published in 1902. In a bid to raise funds for endangered animals 100 years later, UK-based animal lover Tamara Gray was inspired to commission top authors from around the world to create a new book asking the question JUST WHEN will endangered animals disappear?
The Just When Stories will appear shortly as a book, an e-book, an audiobook and an audio download, with prices ranging from 9.99 GBP to 14.99 GBP.
“The title ‘Just When Stories’ asks the questions: when will the irrational and cruel destruction of wildlife stop, and when will we take action to make it stop?” said Ms Gray. “Estimated at between US$6 billion and US$20 billion a year by Interpol, the illegal wildlife trade has drastically reduced numerous wildlife populations, and currently has some teetering on the brink of extinction.”
All profits from the sales of the book and audio files will be donated to WildAid and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
Vittachi said: “We’re lucky enough to live on the most magical rock for a million, million miles. Let’s keep it that way.”
In his story The Legend of Earthseasky, which leads the collection, the animals of planet Earth hold a tense meeting at a secret location to find an answer to the threat of the Two-Legged Terror, a fast-breeding creature that is wiping out all other animal species.