UK children missing out on foreign books, says author

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Millions of children are missing out on the best books in the world because so few are translated into English, according to award-winning author David Almond.

The novelist, whose book Skellig won the Carnegie Medal in 1998, said more needed to be done to bring international best-sellers to this country after figures showed translated fiction accounts for less than 3 per cent of all books sold in the UK.

Almond said: “There is very little translated children’s fiction published in the UK, and our children are missing out.”

He said the launch of a new publishing imprint by Pushkin books, which will concentrate solely on international children’s fiction, including the Vitello series from Denmark, was “a bold new venture”.