A great time was had by the great crowd who turned up–despite the extremely wet weather!–at the Sydney pre-release launch of Jack of Spades, which was held at the wonderful Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft. (It was actually a double launch, with Sophie Masson’s picture book with illustrator Christopher Nielsen(Little Hare) also launched at the same event. ) The fantastic author Pamela Freeman launched Jack of Spades, and Sophie and Yvonne Low, who created the cover and internal illustrations for the book, both had a few words to say. There were book signings afterwards, and a great buzz around the book! Thanks to everyone who came, to Pamela for her inspiring words, and to bookseller extraordinaire Paul McDonald, who made this such a wonderful event!
You are invited to come celebrate the launch of two fabulous new books!
Jack of Spades, a thrilling novel for older readers by Sophie Masson, with illustrations by Yvonne Low (Eagle Books)
To be launched by Pamela Freeman
Once Upon An ABC, a glorious picture-book romp through fairytale and folklore, by Sophie Masson and Christopher Nielsen (Little Hare)
To be launched by Paul Macdonald
When: Saturday March 18, 2pm
Where: The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah St Beecroft, 2119
Sophie Masson, Yvonne Low and Christopher Nielsen will be in attendance to sign books.
Hope to see you there!
We’re delighted to present a fun trailer for Jack of Spades, to whet your appetite for this fabulous thriller by Sophie Masson, out next month!
Eagle Books is delighted to announce that we are co-sponsors of the 2017 Short Story Contest of the Historical Novel Society Australasia. Run in conjunction with HNSA’s 2017 Conference, to be held in Melbourne in September, the contest is open to all conference delegates, and will be judged by Sandra Gulland, author of The Shadow Queen and Mistress of the Sun.
The winner will be awarded:
- A prize of $500(sponsored by Eagle Books and HNSA)
- A free membership of the Historical Novel Society https://historicalnovelsociety.org/
- A certificate
The second and third placed entrants will each receive certificates. With the author’s consent, the winning, second place and third place stories will be published by Backstory (both online and print on demand) after the conference. http://www.backstoryjournal.com.au
The short list and prize-winning entry will be announced at the HNSA 2017 Conference Dinner.
More details and to enter here.
We are delighted to reveal the beautiful cover of Jack of Spades. The atmospheric cover image is by Yvonne Low, design by Beattie Alvarez. Isn’t it fabulous!
Jack of Spades
by Sophie Masson
Landing in all good bookshops in April 2017.
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.
Age range: 10-14
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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 site: www.sophiemasson.org
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To 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!
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.
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.