Stephanie Smee blogs about Mikhail Strogoff

Reposted from Stephanie’s site.

Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff Rides Again

 I am so excited to be telling you that Eagle Books, the new imprint from Christmas Press, will be publishing my translation of acclaimed French author Jules Verne’s much loved Michel Strogoff: Moscou – Irkoutsk in 2016. It is the first new English translation of this exciting tale in a century and it is to be illustrated by the very talented David Allan.

 I feel very privileged to be translating this special novel. Unlike many of Verne’s better known tales, Mikhail Strogoff – The Tsar’s Courier (as it will be published in English) is not science fiction. Rather, it is a rip-roaring, historical adventure set in pre-revolutionary Russia. For over a century, it has been considered by the French to be one of his best novels, popular with teenagers and adults alike.

 It is truly an honour to be part of Sophie Masson’s team at Eagle Books who is responsible for bringing this wonderful story to a whole new English-speaking audience.

 If you want to be part of this exciting adventure, why don’t you log on to:

 You can pre-order a beautiful copy of the limited edition hardcover for just $55 within Australia and New Zealand (or $75 for other places in the world, postage included). If you wish to contribute in other ways, you will see there are many levels at which you can participate with some wonderful perks to be had.

 Mikhail Strogoff is a true, seat-of-the-pants historical chase novel. It has beautifully drawn characters, sharp dialogue and twists and turns aplenty … all set in the fascinating, ever-changing Russian landscape, from Moscow to Irkutsk!

 I know it will find a happy home on your bookshelf next to your copies of Jules Verne’s other much-loved favourites.

 It will be a book to treasure!


Introducing Eagle Books

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Eagle Books is a brand new fiction imprint of Christmas Press, with our launch title to appear in early 2016. We will specialise in fantastic adventure novels for readers 11 and up, and will publish a mix of classic and modern writers, authors of exciting, well-written novels with vivid characters and gripping plots of adventure, whose settings may be historical, contemporary, or fantasy.

We will soon be launching a crowdfunding campaign to fund production of a very special limited edition of our launch title. More news soon–watch this space!