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Perfect for fans of Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine; Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things and Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project, A Man Called Ove is one of the best-loved and most life-affirming novels of the decade.
This multi-million-copy phenomenon is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step.
'Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail
'Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it' Spectator Books of the Year
At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.
But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?
In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible . . .
The number 1 European bestseller by the author of New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie was Here is a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community, and second chances.
For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgemental, or fussy, or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We're not animals, are we?
But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.
So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.
THE SECOND THRILLER IN THE STOCKHOLM TRILOGY
'Holmén has created a brutal anti-hero quite unlike any seen in crime fiction before' Express
Harry Kvist walks out of the gates of Langholmen jail into the biting Stockholm winter of 1935. He has nothing to his name but a fiercely burning hope: that he can leave behind his old existence of gutter brawls, bruised fists and broken bones.
But the city has other ideas. Nazis are spreading their poison on the freezing streets, and one of Kvist's oldest friends has been murdered. Before he can leave Stockholm's underworld for good, he must track down the killer. As Kvist uncovers a trail of blood leading to the highest echelons of Swedish society, the former boxer finds himself in a fight to the death with his most dangerous opponent yet.
What readers have to say about The Stockholm Trilogy
'This is Scandinavian noir like no other you'll read and I can't wait for the next in the series!' - Amazon reviewer
'A true noir... dark, dirty and bruised' - Goodreads reviewer
'Brilliant Scandinavian noir' - Amazon reviewer
'A Swedish noir par excellence. Bravo' - Goodreads reviewer
'Further adventures of the super macho, super smart Harry wandering the streets and prisons of a wintry, grimy pre-war Stockholm' - Goodreads reviewer
THE STOCKHOLM TRILOGY CONTINES WITH SLUGGER
Chosen by the New York Times as one of the "Notable Books of 2018"
Chosen by El País as one of this past decade's nine best novels about life and death
The prize-winning, bestselling tale of love, loss, family and the lives we live moment by moment, from a stunning new voice in European fiction.
Tom's heavily pregnant girlfriend Karin is rushed to hospital with severe flu. While the doctors are able to save the baby, they are helpless in the face of what transpires to be acute Leukemia, and in a moment as fleeting as it is cruel Tom gains a daughter but loses his soul-mate. In Every Moment is the story of a year that changes everything, as Tom must reconcile the fury of bereavement with the overwhelming responsibility of raising his daughter, Livia, alone.
By turns tragic and redemptive, meditative and breathless, achingly poignant and darkly funny, this heavily autobiographical novel has been described in its native Sweden as 'hypnotic', 'impossible to resist' and 'one of the most powerful books about grief ever written'.
For readers of The Monuments Men and The Hare with Amber Eyes, the story of the Nazis' systematic pillaging of Europe's libraries, and the small team of heroic librarians now working to return the stolen books to their rightful owners.
While the Nazi party was being condemned by much of the world for burning books, they were already hard at work perpetrating an even greater literary crime. Through extensive new research that included records saved by the Monuments Men themselves—Anders Rydell tells the untold story of Nazi book theft, as he himself joins the effort to return the stolen books. When the Nazi soldiers ransacked Europe’s libraries and bookshops, large and small, the books they stole were not burned. Instead, the Nazis began to compile a library of their own that they could use to wage an intellectual war on literature and history. In this secret war, the libraries of Jews, Communists, Liberal politicians, LGBT activists, Catholics, Freemasons, and many other opposition groups were appropriated for Nazi research, and used as an intellectual weapon against their owners. But when the war was over, most of the books were never returned. Instead many found their way into the public library system, where they remain to this day.
Now, Rydell finds himself entrusted with one of these stolen volumes, setting out to return it to its rightful owner. It was passed to him by the small team of heroic librarians who have begun the monumental task of combing through Berlin’s public libraries to identify the looted books and reunite them with the families of their original owners. For those who lost relatives in the Holocaust, these books are often the only remaining possession of their relatives they have ever held. And as Rydell travels to return the volume he was given, he shows just how much a single book can mean to those who own it.
THE FIRST THRILLER IN THE STOCKHOLM TRILOGY
'A dark, atmospheric, powerful thriller, the best debut novel I've read in years' Lynda La Plante
'Ferociously noir... If Chandler and Hammett had really walked on the wild side, it would read like this' Val McDermid
The writing's on the wall for Harry Kvist. Once a notorious boxer, he now spends his days drinking, and his nights as an enforcer on the streets of 1930s Stockholm a city where the rich rule and the poor freeze. But one biting winter's night he's sent to collect from a debtor named Zetterberg, and when the man is found dead shortly afterwards, all eyes are on Kvist.
Kvist's struggle to clear his name will lead him from the city's criminal underworld to its opulent elite. It will bring him face to face with bootleggers and whores, aristocrats and murderers, and force him to confront his own darkness. It will be the biggest fight of his life.
Blending noir with gritty violence, Clinch is a visceral, compulsive thriller that packs a punch and leaves you reeling.
What readers have to say about The Stockholm Trilogy
'Harry Kvist is a great character... Swedish noir? Yes, please' - Goodreads reviewer
'F**k me. This was amazing' - Goodreads reviewer
'Scandinavian noir at its best. More please!' - Amazon reviewer
'Loved it' - Amazon reviewer
'I cannot wait to read the further adventures of Harry Kvist' - Amazon reviewer
THE STOCKHOLM TRILOGY CONTINUES WITH DOWN FOR THE COUNT
"This book would not exist if things had not gone off the rails.
On the night of 28 June 2011, we risked everything when, under cover of darkness, we slipped across the border between Somalia and Ethiopia. We wanted to investigate how relentless oil prospecting was affecting people in the closed-off and conflict-ridden region of Ogaden. Our goal was to go beyond the alarmist reports, or the descriptions
provided by refugees—to get at the truth using our own eyes and ears.
Five days later we lay shot and bleeding in the desert sand.
But in that very moment when the original assignment died, another story began. A story of legal tampering, propaganda, and geopolitical manoeuvring.
After a Kafkaesque trial we were sentenced to eleven years in prison for terrorist offences. We were far from alone. Streams of journalists and politicians, as if on a conveyor belt, were being imprisoned for refusing
to be at the beck and call of the dictatorship. Our investigation into oil had turned into a story about ink.
Everyday life turned into a battle for survival in the notorious Kality
Prison. On a cement floor under a corrugated iron roof—in a world of deadly diseases, beatings and oppression—we carved an existence based on rigid adherence to routine. Despite our shoe-laces and our freedom
of speech being taken from us, we struggled to hold on to the most
valuable thing in the world.
The freedom to determine one’s own identity.”
Martin Schibbye Johan Persson
This journalist’s revealing investigation into the notorious case of Sweden’s most prolific serial killer reads like “a real-life Scandinavian crime novel” (The Observer, UK).
In 1992, Thomas Quick confessed to the murder of an eleven-year-old boy who had been missing for twelve years. Over the next decade, Quick confessed to more than thirty unsolved murders, revealing that he had maimed, raped, and eaten the remains of his victims.
In the years that followed, investigative journalist Hannes Råstam became obsessed with Quick’s case. He studied the investigations in forensic detail. He scrutinized every interrogation, read and re-read the verdicts, watched the police re-enactments and tracked down the medical records and personal police logs—until finally he was faced with a horrifying uncertainty.
In the spring of 2008, Råstam travelled to where Thomas Quick was serving a life sentence. He had one question for Sweden’s most abominable serial killer. And the answer turned out to be far more terrifying than the man himself . . .
“Sweden’s most suspenseful murder mystery may not be a fictional account from Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell. It may end up being the true story of Thomas Quick.” —The Wall Street Journal