We Tell Stories

We Tell Stories is a groundbreaking experiment in digital storytelling from Penguin Books in collaboration with alternate reality game designers Six to Start. Penguin challenged some of its top authors to create new forms of story that could only be told on the Internet.

Launched on the 18th March 2009, We Tell Stories is spread purely through word of mouth. Thanks to the compelling and viral nature of the content, over 200,000 people have read the stories so far, so sorry if we are a little late on sharing this with you.

Fairy Tales with Kevin Brooks

Once upon a time

The beginning of a fairy talethere was a fairy tale, a story of castles, forests, princesses, giants and dragons. If you go down to the woods today you can customize and share your very own fairy tale with bestselling storyteller Kevin Brooks guiding you along a dark path.

Choose the names of the characters, choose their adversaries, shape their adventure and then share the customized story. This fairy tale is specially for you.

The Former General with Mohsin Hamid

The Former General - blue night sky, moon and stars pictureThere are always at least two ways to tell a story…

For his first fiction since the Booker Prize-shortlisted The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid has taken his inspiration from the Tales from the Thousand and One Nights. In this story, Hamid writes about the melancholic meanderings of a former general’s life. Choose a path round his palace, and shape the story as he considers his role and listens to the tales of his loyal aide.

View all six stories


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