A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of this much-loved classic adventure about a dog named Buck.
In Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, strong sled dogs were in high demand. Buck is stolen from his comfortable home in California and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He becomes progressively feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs.
Sold to a group of inexperienced gold hunters, he is eventually saved by John Thornton, with whom he forms a deep bond.
Exciting and action-packed,
The Call of the Wild explores the timeless relationship between man and dog, and the draw of primitive instincts that pull Buck away from humanity towards the wilderness.
Starring Robert Jack, Finn Den Hertog, Robin Lane, Nick Underwood and Melody Grove.
Jack London was born into poverty in San Francisco in 1876. Before his success as a novelist, London spent a lot of time avoiding a life as a manual worker and, in the process, experienced many things that became central to his plots. He ran away from home, bought a sailing boat and became an oyster pirate - a story recounted in
John Barleycorn. His best-known novel
, Call of the Wild, was drawn from his own experience of the Klondike Gold Rush, a time that would inspire many of London's short stories as well. London became addicted to writing after winning a short story competition in the
San Francisco Morning Call in 1893. It earned London $25, the equivalent of a month's wages. Dozens of books followed - including
John Barleycorn (1913),
The Call of the Wild (1903) and
White Fang (1906). He published an average of three or four books a year. He died in 1916.