A gnome, a count, a baron, and a baron's daughter. Here's a fairy tale the Grimm Brothers never told. Read by Jonathan Strong.
Though known to most people for his musical collaborations with Arthur Sullivan, William Schwenck Gilbert was first and foremost a satirist, author and illustrator of poems (including The Bab Ballads), plays, and short stories. If you saw the Mike Leigh film Topsyturvy, you'll know him as a cranky, misanthropic character, and the tone of his writing is much the same. He can also be quite funny!