Behind the Book: Laura Watkinson

20 Nov 2015

This is the first in a brand new series in which we sit down with one important Pushkin person, whether they are an author, translator or designer, and find out what makes them tick.

First up is translator extraordinaire Laura Watkinson, the wordsmith behind our English translation of Tonke Dragt’s bestselling Dutch children’s phenomenon The Letter for the King, and now the long-awaited sequel The Secrets of the Wild Wood. We caught up with Laura to discuss favourite words, her happy place and why translation is so important.


Zweig on La Marseillaise

19 Nov 2015

‘The Marseillaise now presides over all the battles of France, like Nike the winged goddess of victory…’

Sacred love of the fatherland
Lead, support our avenging arms!
Liberty, cherished liberty,
Fight with thy defenders!

In Shooting Stars, Stefan Zweig examines 10 pivotal moments in history. The Genius of a Night sees Zweig turn his erudite eye to the birth and unstoppable power of La Marseillaise, the French Revolution’s call to arms. Click here to read Zweig’s passionate telling of the creation of France’s rousing and blood-soaked national anthem.

The books we first loved

12 Nov 2015

With over a million copies sold worldwide, The Letter for the King has captivated generations of children across the globe, drawing comparisons with The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Now the long-awaited sequel The Secrets of the Wild Wood is here and at Pushkin HQ we’ve been thinking about the first books we loved as children. From Where the Wild Things Are to Funny Bones, there’s sure to be something to remind you of your first wide-eyed reading experience.

Tweet the first book you remember reading as a child with the hashtag #FirstBookLove to win a copy of The Letter for the King.


Before The Feast, a sneak peek…

29 Oct 2015

‘A book like few others… a work of art.’ – Die Zeit

Before the Feast, winner of the prestigious Leipzig Book Fair Prize is out today.

This atmospheric and lyrical tale is set on the night before the feast in the village of Fürstenfelde. Old stories, myths and fairy tales are wandering about the streets with the people. They come together in a novel about a long night, a mosaic of village life, in which the long-established and newcomers, the dead and the living, craftsmen, pensioners and noble robbers in football shirts bump into each other. They all want to bring something to a close, in this night before the feast.


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