Book launch - Mikhail Strogoff

Book launch of Jules Verne's
Mikhail Strogoff

Presentation by Stephanie Smee, translator
Sophie Masson, author, founding partner in Christmas Press 

Venue and ticket info:
Where: Alliance Francaise de Melbourne, 51 Grey St, St Kilda
Date: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Time: 6:30pm

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(It's free!)

Jules Verne is one of France’s most internationally recognised authors. A veritable master of suspense and adventure novels, collectively his work has been translated more than 4700 times. ‘Michel Strogoff’, one of his most popular works in France, has not been translated for around 100 years. Christmas Press, an Australian publisher specialising in children’s literature is releasing a new translation of this work as the first book for Eagle Books, its new collection dedicated to adventure novels for all ages.

Verne's ‘Mikhail Strogoff’ is translated by Stephanie Smee, illustrated with black and white pictures by David Allan, and produced as a superb limited edition hardcover. The novel is suitable for both adults and younger readers 12 years and older.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the launch in partnership with ‘The Kids’ Bookshop’.

About Jules Verne

The great 19th century French writer Jules Verne (1828–1905) was a literary superstar in his day and even today is an extremely popular author all over the world, with many titles still in print. His books have been translated into hundreds of languages and he is still the second most translated author in the world after Agatha Christie, but before William Shakespeare!

His novels have not only inspired generations of readers, writers and film-makers – spawning a vast array of films and television series - but also scientists, technologists, explorers and inventors, all over the world.

In France, his great adventure novel ‘Michel Strogoff’, is the most popular of all Verne’s titles and is considered to be his very best.

The plot

In late 19th century Russia,the Empire is in great peril and only one man can save it: the bold and resourceful young messenger Mikhail Strogoff. In a desperate race against time he must face great dangers if he is to accomplish his mission as foreign armies amass on the border and a traitor lurks in the background. But is it already too late?

The first full English translation in over a hundred years of legendary author Jules Verne's thrilling adventure novel, which in his native France is judged to be his greatest work.

About the translator

Having worked as a lawyer in Sydney and London, Stephanie happily traded in a legal career for a career in translation. After several years as a French to English legal translator, she made her literary debut with a new English translation of 19th century French children’s author, the Countess de Ségur’s ‘Fleurville Trilogy’ (Simon & Schuster (Aust), 2010), followed by several other translations of the Countess’ works. For this, her latest translated work, Smee is thrilled to bring Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff to a new generation of English-speaking readers.

Stephanie lives with her husband and two children in Sydney.

About the illustrator

David Allan is an illustrator and designer based in the New England Region, NSW. Allan is most known for his work as an illustrator for beautiful children’s books published by Christmas Press such as Sophie Masson’s ‘Two Trickster Tales from Russia’, Ursula Dubosarsky’s ‘Two Tales of Twins from Ancient Greece and Rome’, and Duncan Ball’s ‘Two Tengu Tales from Japan’. Jules Verne’s ‘Mikhail Strogoff’ is the first novel he has illustrated.

About Eagle Books

Eagle Books ( is a new imprint of Christmas Press, specialising in adventure novels for readers 12 and over.. Their range features stories with gripping plots, great writing, and memorable characters from classic and contemporary authors alike.

What the critics are saying…

'Full of adventure, suspense, romance and humour, this English translation will enchant older readers.' (Disney Princess Magazine, Bauer Media, March 20 2016)
'A beautiful limited edition book…‘ (Susan Wyndham, Undercover column, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, February 13-14, 2016.)
'A terrific adventure in a lovely edition. Christmas Press reminds me why I love books.' (Writer Anthony Horowitz)

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