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Books

 

The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre

Black Inc, Australia & NZ; ECW Press, Canada & USA; Old Street, UK 2019  BUY NOW

Meet Patience Portefeux, the compelling protagonist of this superb crime fiction work by criminal lawyer and author, Hannelore Cayre. This is not the Paris you are used to reading about. Working as a French-Arabic legal translator, Patience is struggling to keep her head above water in a world of drug deals, police officers and traffickers. You won't forget Patience Portefeux in a hurry. Soon to be made into a movie starring Isabelle Huppert.

Winner of the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière 2017 & the Prix le Point du Polar Européen 2017

 

No Place to Lay One's Head by Françoise Frenkel

with a preface by Nobel laureate, Patrick Modiano

Translated by Stephanie Smee

Winner of the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize, 2019

Pushkin Press, UK, 2018  BUY NOW

 

No Place to Lay One's Head by Françoise Frenkel

with a preface by Nobel laureate, Patrick Modiano

Translated by Stephanie Smee

Winner of the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize, 2019
2017, Vintage Australia

 

Initially published in 1945 in Geneva, Frenkel's memoir recounts her years as owner of the first French language bookstore in Berlin in the 1920s before she is compelled to retreat to Paris in 1939 when life becomes untenable as a Polish Jewish woman and foreign business owner. In startlingly clear and sensitive prose, she bears witness to the unravelling of French society, her story turning into a tale of survival as she moves south from Paris, forced to take refuge with strangers while preparing an escape to Switzerland across the Alps. In 2015, French publishers Gallimard decided to republish this extraordinary account with a preface by Nobel laureate, Patrick Modiano. This is its first translation into English.  BUY NOW

 

Mikhail Strogoff by Jules Verne


Translated by Stephanie Smee
2016, Eagle Books

First published in French in 1876 as Michel Strogoff, this is the first new English language translation in a hundred years or so. It is a rip-roaring tale of advanture and suspense, painted with romance and humour and set in pre-revolutionary Russia.  French readers think it's one of Verne's best! Suitable for both adult and young readers from 11 and up, it is a book which has inspired countless film and TV adaptations all over the world. 
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The Adventures of Pelle No-Tail by Gösta Knutsson


Translated by Stephanie Smee & Ann-Margrete Smee
2017, Piccolo Nero

Meet Pelle No-Tail – Sweden’s favourite cat!

Little Pelle has no tail – it was bitten off by a rat when he was a kitten! But he doesn’t let that bother him.

When Pelle leaves the farm where he was born and goes to live in the city, he meets lots of new friends and has all sorts of exciting adventures.

But he also meets the nasty tomcat Måns, who loves nothing better than to make life difficult for Pelle.... Gösta Knutsson's iconic tales translated into English for the first time! BUY NOW

Sophie’s Misfortunes by the Countess de Ségur


Translated by Stephanie Smee
2010, Simon & Schuster (Aust.)

First appearing in French as Les Malheurs de Sophie in the late 1850’s, mischievous Sophie is an icon of French children’s literature. Now your children, too, can enjoy the tales of trials and tribulations of young Sophie. This first volume in The Fleurville Trilogy will captivate every little girl who finds she can’t be perfect all the time.
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Camille and Madeleine – A Tale of Two Perfect Little Girls
by the Countess de Ségur

 

Translated by Stephanie Smee
2010, Simon & Schuster (Aust.)

 

This is the second volume in the Fleurville Trilogy. Camille and Madeleine are two perfect little girls living with their mother at Château Fleurville. When Sophie comes to stay, she tries her best to behave as well as her friends. But being a perfect little girl proves to be more difficult than she imagined … BUY NOW

 


The Holidays by the Countess de Ségur

 

Translated by Stephanie Smee
2010, Simon & Schuster (Aust.)

 

Camille, Madeleine, Marguerite and Sophie eagerly await the arrival of their cousins for the long summer holidays. They pass the time with picnics in the forest and games of hide and seek. Then Marguerite’s father returns unexpectedly from distant lands … This is the third and final volume of the Fleurville Trilogy. BUY NOW

Monsieur Cadichon – Memoirs of a Donkey
by the Countess de Ségur

 

Translated by Stephanie Smee
2011, Simon & Schuster (Aust.)

 

First appearing in French in 1860 as Mémoires d’un âne, the story of the quick-witted, nimble-footed donkey, Cadichon, is an enduring favourite. Often underestimated and sometimes mistreated, he soon shows those who dare to cross him the error of their ways. Follow his hilarious adventures as he travels the French countryside, learning along the way that a sharp wit should be matched with a generous heart. BUY NOW

 

 

A Room at Guardian Angel Inn by the Countess de Ségur

 

Translated by Stephanie Smee
2012, Simon & Schuster (Aust.)

 

L’Auberge de l’Ange Gardien first appeared in 1863 in France. It is the endearing tale of two young boys, abandoned and left to fend for themselves, deep in the French countryside. When a soldier returning home stumbles upon them and brings them to the inn at the next village, who knows what their future will hold? This is the first of two books of misadventures, merrymaking and not a little mayhem that will ultimately take the boys far from their room at Guardian Angel Inn. BUY NOW

 

 

General Dourakine by the Countess de Ségur

 

Translated by Stephanie Smee
2013, Simon & Schuster (Aust.)

 

This is the sequel to A Room at Guardian Angel Inn in which the cantankerous but lovable General Dourakine brings his new-found French friends, Jacques and Paul, back to his grand estate in snowy Russia. Life becomes complicated when the General’s niece, the grasping Madame Papofsky and her eight unruly children descend on the house. BUY NOW

 

Once Upon a Christmas compiled and edited by Beattie Alvarez

 

2014, Christmas Press

 

Read Stephanie's debut fiction short story "The Right Path" in this delightful Christmas anthology featuring stories, poems, illustrations, memoirs, and more from some of Australia's best authors and illustrators, including Sophie Masson, Pamela Freeman, Ursula Dubosarsky, Kate Forsyth and Duncan Ball. BUY NOW

 

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