Congratulations are due to Thomas Teal, who has just been awarded the Bernard Shaw prize, given tri-annually for a work translated from Swedish, for his translation of Tove Jansson's Fair Play.
Teal has been contemplating Tove Jansson's novels since 1975, when he translated The Summer Book. Jansson was so pleased with his work that she invited him to the island she shared with Tuulikki Pietilä in the Stockholm Archipelago (he discusses their unorthodox setup a bit here). After Sort Of Books made The Summer Book a best-seller in the UK a few years ago, they began a project to translate some of her previously untranslated (in to English, at any rate) work. Teal's translations are a pleasure to read, and we could not be more pleased to see him receiving the recognition he deserves.
While we're on the subject of Tove Jansson, don't forget that her newly translated novel, The True Deceiver is currently on sale at a 30% discount. You can also read Ali Smith's introduction to the book, as well as the first chapter on our site.