Announcing the new Eagle Books title for 2017!

Eagle Books logoEagle Books is delighted to announce our new title for 2017!

Jack of Spades

by Sophie Masson

Landing in all good bookshops in April 2017. 

Nobody weaves history, romance and adventure like Sophie Masson
Anthony Horowitz

 

May 1910…

Linda’s father is missing in Paris, and her only clue is the Jack of Spades card that was sent to their home in London. In the family code, ‘Jack of Spades’ means danger. But it is not her father’s handwriting on the envelope!

Setting out to look for him, Linda is soon whirled into a frightening world where nothing is as it seems. Who are the people following her? What was her father really doing in Paris? Who can she really trust? As she works against time to try and solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance with the help of some new friends, Linda begins to realise that she has stumbled into a dark and dangerous conspiracy which threatens the future of the whole world…

A gripping, original thriller for older readers by award-winning author Sophie Masson.

 With cover and internal illustrations by Yvonne Low(coming soon!)

ISBN: 9780994528001

Paperback

Age range: 10-14

RRP: $19.99

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About the author:

Born in Indonesia to French parents and brought up in Australia and France, Sophie Masson is the award-winning and internationally-published author of over 60 books, for children, young adults and adults.

Author Sophie Masson

Author site: www.sophiemasson.org

Blog: www.firebirdfeathers.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SophieMassonAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sophiemasson1

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Come celebrate Mikhail Strogoff in Melbourne!

eildon-mansionTo all our Victorian friends and supporters: there’s still time to book for our wonderful celebratory event in Melbourne for Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff! The date is  Tuesday November 8, starting at 6.30 pm, the venue is the St Kilda branch of the Alliance Francaise de Melbourne, which is housed in a gorgeous old mansion at 51 Grey St, St Kilda–a perfect setting! Translator Stephanie Smee will be giving a talk, publisher Sophie Masson will be introducing the book, and Michel Richard of the Alliance Francaise will be welcoming everyone. And there’ll also be a special presentation from a bilingual Russian/English reader, Dr Anna Popova, whose first introduction to this Russian-set novel of Verne’s was through Stephanie’s sparkling translation. There will be copies of the book for sale–and remember, signed copies make a wonderful, unique gift!

The event is free, but you can book here.  Hope to see you there!

mikhail strogoff finished 1 front cover

 

Another great review for Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff!

We’ve just been sent a great new review of Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff, which will be appearing in Vol 60 of the prestigious journal, The French Australian Review.  Written by Dr Patricia Clancy, a highly respected academic, French literature expert and professional translator, the review is not available online(though you can purchase copies of the issue in which it appears) but below is a short extract from it.

Stephanie Smee has given us the first new translation of this novel for a century. The first two were heavy, wordy and very nineteenth-century, which did not do justice to Verne’s much more vivid and lively style. While retaining the generally more formal tone of a historical novel, Smee has smartened the pace by cleverly incorporating footnotes into the text and choosing a simpler, more evocative vocabulary.

 The book itself is a delight to read and to look at. Its relatively small format is also very comfortable to hold. My review copy is one of a limited edition of 750, which has been released well before general commercial publication. It is a handsome hard-cover that looks like a nineteenth-century book with gold foil lettering and embellishments on the cover. Inside there are pages of quality cream paper, a coloured map of Mikhail’s journey as endpapers and a satin ribbon bookmark—all in all, a fine gift for any lover of novels of high adventure.

Fabulous review of Mikhail Strogoff in Reading Time

A fabulous review of Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff has appeared in Reading Time, the highly respected journal of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Here’s a short extract:

In this beautiful translation by Stephanie Smee, the first in English in more than 100 years, a new generation of readers will enjoy the magnificent story-telling talent of Verne that has captivated fans the world over.

Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff is the first release for Eagle Books, an imprint of Christmas Press. Only 750 copies are available in a limited edition with gold-edged pages. Illustrations are by David Allan and include a delightful colour image inlaid on the front cover. Lovers of fine literature will appreciate the investment (RRP $55) as a special gift, or as an addition to the family bookshelves to be treasured by future generations.

You can read the whole review here.

 

Brilliant review of Mikhail Strogoff in the Weekend Australian!

We are absolutely delighted that Geordie Williamson, the distinguished literary critic, has written an absolutely brilliant and wide-ranging review of Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff, published in the Weekend Australian today. 

Here’s an extract:

Smee’s version shows us why as many French intellectuals have celebrated Verne as a “literary” author and true visionary, as common readers have adored his works as vivid genre pieces. Mikhail Strogoff is not only a genuine pleasure of a book: it is evidence that, in the hands of an intelligent and sympathetic translator (and an Australian one, to boot) a larger and richer Verne can be brought into view.

You can read the whole thing here. 

Mikhail Strogoff coming to Melbourne

Put the date in your diaries! We will be running a special event for Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff in Melbourne at 6.30 on Tuesday November 8, at the Alliance Francaise CBD branch in Swanston St.

Stephanie Smee will talk about translating the book, and Sophie Masson of Eagle Books will give an introduction. The book will be for sale and Stephanie will be happy to sign copies!

Great review of Mikhail Strogoff in Magpies Magazine

Strogoff 5Magpies Magazine is a highly-respected Australian publication about children’s and young people’s books, so it was with great delight that we discovered there was a great full-page review of Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff in the latest edition of the magazine(May 2016).

Here’s a short extract:

Rattles along at a great pace….The story flows easily with no hint of awkwardness in the translation. The time and place is acknowledged by the choice of words and the speech patterns flow naturally providing a time and place. Verne’s descriptive powers are retained without overtly dramatic prose.

Here’s the full review:  Mikhail Strogoff in Magpies

A lovely little review!

We just got sent this lovely short review of Mikhail Strogoff:

This limited edition illustrated printing of the classic story tells the tale of young Mikhail’s urgent and secret mission to warn the royal court of impending danger, and his brave friend Nadia, who is as indomitable as he is. Full of adventure, suspense, romance and humour, this English translation will enchant older readers. (Disney Princess Magazine, Bauer Media)

Celebrating Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff in Sydney

We have just held two wonderful celebratory events for Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff in Sydney: the official launch on Wednesday April 13 at the Alliance Francaise headquarters in Sydney, with the launch honours done by Monsieur Nicolas Croizer, Consul-General of France in Sydney, and a second celebration on Thursday April 14, at Berkelouw’s Books in Leichhardt where bookseller Sarah Foster gave everyone a warm welcome. At both events there was a big, animated, interested audience, fantastic presentations by Stephanie and David, and a real buzz of excitement as people queued up to buy this beautiful book! We are delighted that Mikhail is now well and truly launched on his re-entry into the English-language reading world!

Thank you to everyone who has made this a possibility. Your generosity, support, encouragement and excitement have made it all doubly worthwhile.

Pics from both events below.