Guest post: Adèle Geras on retelling fairy tales

Feathers of the Firebird

FEAgerasToday I’m delighted to feature the wonderful Adèle Geras on my blog. Adèle is a renowned British author who has written more than 95 books for children, young adults, and adults. Her best-known works for young people are Troy(shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal); Ithaka; Happy Ever After(previously published as the Egerton Hall trilogy) Silent Snow, Secret Snow, and A Candle in the Dark. Her novels for adults include Made in Heaven, Cover Your Eyes, and A Hidden Life.

This week, her latest book, Two Fearsome Fairy Tales from France, with gorgeous illustrations by Fiona McDonald, comes out with Christmas Press, and to mark it Adèle has written about why she loves retelling fairy tales.

Retelling Fairy Tales

by Adèle Geras

 This week, two fairy tales, retold by me, are going to be published by Christmas…

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Books, Launches, News

Invitation to the launch of Two Fearsome Fairy Tales from France!

Logo 4If you live in the Armidale area, or you’re visiting, Christmas Press and Granny Fi’s Toy Cupboard invite you to a very special event: come and celebrate with us the launch of Two Fearsome Fairy Tales from France!

Date: Saturday May 2

Time: 3 pm

Venue: Granny Fi’s Toy Cupboard, 120 Dangar St Armidale(opposite Black Dot Music)  granny fi toy cupboard small

Books will be for sale. Illustrator Fiona McDonald will be on hand to sign books.

Free event. No bookings required. Light refreshments provided.

Everyone welcome!


Books, Reviews

First review of Two Fearsome Fairy Tales from France!

The first review of Two Fearsome Fairy Tales was published on the Buzz Words site today, with the reviewer being well-known author(and Buzz Words editor)  Dianne Bates. Here’s a short extract:

The fly pages of this new book by Australian publisher Christmas Press are wonderful; in black and white they show a scene which feels almost as though it is going to suck you into the story to come. 

Read the whole review here.


Countdown to Two Fearsome Fairy Tales from France launch!

Cover.inddHere at Christmas Press, we’re very excited: we’ll soon be officially launching our new title, the gorgeous picture book, Two Fearsome Fairy Tales from France, retold by Adèle Geras and illustrated by Fiona McDonald.

The launch will be on Saturday May 2 at 3pm, at Fiona’s beautiful toy shop in Armidale, Granny Fi’s Toy Cupboard. Fiona will be there of course to sign. We’d love Adèle to be at the signing table too but maybe it’s a bit far for her to come all the way from Cambridge, UK 🙂

The book has already gone out via our distributor to bookshops all over the country, so make sure you order your copy now! And if you happen to be in the Armidale area on May 2, come in and join the celebration!


Two years and five titles already!

It’s just over WP_20150407_004two years since we started Christmas Press, and our fifth title, Two Fearsome Fairy Tales from France, by Adèle Geras and Fiona McDonald, will very soon come out. We are so proud of all our titles, and warmly thank our wonderful authors and illustrators, and all our friends and supporters, who have made taking the leap from creators to publishers such a wonderful experience!

It’s all looking good–our fifth title, great reviews, and a new imprint starting next year!

Here’s to many more years and many more titles!



Congratulations to our wonderful author Ursula Dubosarsky!

Ursula with David, signing books at the Sydney launch of Two Tales of Twins last year.

We at Christmas Press are absolutely thrilled to hear that our friend and wonderful author Ursula Dubosarsky, who wrote the beautiful Christmas Press title, Two Tales of Twins from Ancient Greece and Rome (illustrated by David Allan) is one of two Australian creators nominated for the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Awards. These international Awards are regarded as being like the Nobel Prize for children’s literature, and it is a great honour to be nominated. We wish Ursula and her fellow Australian nominee, the fantastic illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft, the very best of luck for the final judging–and many congratulations! And we are so proud to be one of your publishers, Ursula!

You can find out more here.