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 the best Dutch children’s book ever. Huge thanks to Pushkin Press for making this wonderful story available to English-speaking readers – and for giving me the opportunity to translate a book I love.

The American Book Center in Amsterdam is planning a window display to celebrate the release, and also hosting a launch party on 23 November. It’s the perfect gift for Sinterklaas!