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Happy book birthday!

The Song of Seven, my translation of Tonke Dragt’s De Zevensprong is out today. Thanks to Pushkin Press for creating another beautiful edition, one that’s truly worthy of this fun and fabulous tale.
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De Zevensprong

For a little inspiration during the final stages of my translation of Tonke Dragt’s De Zevensprong (to be published by Pushkin Press as The Song of Seven), I took a day trip to Ruurlo, where the television series was filmed in 1982. Here’s me at the actual Zevensprong! Which way now…?
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Hoorah! Publication day!

I’m so delighted that my translation of Tonke Dragt’s classic The Secrets of the Wild Wood is out today, published by Pushkin Children’s Books. I love this book and couldn’t be more chuffed that it’s now available to English-speaking readers. There’s also a special new paperback edition of the prequel, The Letter for the King, published [...]
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The Letter for the King: More news and reviews

To round off 2013, there have been a couple of lovely articles about Tonke Dragt and The Letter for the King. Philip Womack wrote in Friday’s Guardian that “Tiuri’s search is gripping, delightful and true”. Meanwhile, over on the Dutch side of the water, Pjotr van Lenteren wrote this fine piece in de Volkskrant about [...]
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A right royal reception

Thanks very much to Rick and the team at the American Book Center in Amsterdam for providing such a great location for the Dutch launch of The Letter of the King on Saturday. I teamed up with translator David Colmer to give a short presentation of some Dutch children’s books that we’ve translated. David gave [...]
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Super Fantasy Zone

No, not the excellent game for the Sega Mega Drive, but the most excellent World Fantasy Con 2013, which was held this year in Brighton. I’ve been going to British Fantasy Con for years, but World Fantasy Con is its very big sister, with over a thousand writers, agents, publishers and, of course, translators from [...]
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The Letter for the King

Pushkin Press sent me a very exciting parcel this week, hot off the press. A young messenger. A secret mission. A kingdom in peril… Yes, it’s Tonke Dragt’s The Letter for the King. Originally published by Uitgeverij Leopold in 1962, this book is a firm favourite with Dutch readers of all ages and was even voted [...]
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The Letter for the King

Coming soon… I’m over the moon that Pushkin Press are to publish Tonke Dragt’s masterpiece, The Letter for the King, in English. It’s a knightly adventure about friendship, intrigue, conflict, difficult decisions and long journeys, and it has two of the most appealing characters in children’s literature. Once voted the best Dutch children’s book ever, [...]
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