A Literary Gesture

A literary gesture born of the enjoyment and intellectual nourishment Aesop derives daily through the written word, The Fabulist features fiction and non-fiction works.


In honouring the ancient Greek slave and fabulist whose name our products bear we present fables alongside four other rubrics:

  1. FableAn original prickly parable, pseudoscience fairy-tale, or memoir of a formative moment.
  2. Shelf LifeAn annotated snapshot of a notable bookshelf, intended as a counterpoint to increasingly ubiquitous screen-based text.
  3. EssentialIn which we invite esteemed cultural figures to disclose a deeply held interest or obsession.
  4. Free RadicalInterviews with iconoclasts, free-thinkers, and rebels-with-cause.
  5. On BeautyA forum for wide-ranging thoughts on this consistently provocative topic.
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It is then that I notice—I am not sure whether I notice or have an intuition—that someone might be following me. I hear his steps behind me: I stop and they stop. I carry on and they carry on. I turn onto a walkway and they turn. I walk faster, heading toward the opposite end of the gardens. I listen attentively. There can be no doubt: the same steps start again behind my back.

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