‘1793’ No. 1 in Sweden

Niklas Natt och Dag’s brilliant and thrilling debut 1793 is No. 1 on the official Swedish bestseller list for e-books during the second week of January. The novel also appears on the fiction bestseller list, coming in at No. 2.

‘The Triangle Mystery’ No. 2 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Triangle Mystery leaps up to No. 2 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for hardcover fiction during the second week of January. The Triangle Mystery is the twelfth book in the CLUE series.

‘Britt-Marie Was Here’ to be made into a feature film with Pernilla August as the lead

SF Studios, the production company behind the film adaptation of A Man Called Ove, is making a feature film based on Britt-Marie Was Here, Fredrik Backman’s beloved novel about a woman who’s waited her entire life for life to begin. Pernilla August (Star Wars) will play the lead role of Britt-Marie and Tuva Novotny will direct.

-It’s going to be amazingly fun to direct this moving and uplifting feel-good drama, says Tuva Novotny.

Just like in the popular and touching novel, the film will tell the story of 63-year-old Britt-Marie, who is suddenly ejected from her comfortable world and forced to start over again, all on her own.

-She’s a timid, scared, shut-off and very insecure person who suddenly exits a marriage – and finds herself. Suddenly this frail little person dares to let herself be invited up on the dancefloor – her development is so darn beautiful it makes me shiver, says Pernilla August.

The film shooting will start in the beginning of April in Västra Götaland, on the western coast of Sweden. The casting process for the film’s other roles is currently in full swing.

2017’s most listened to audio books in Sweden

The audio book streaming services Storytel, Nextory and BookBeat have announced their most listened to books of 2017 in Sweden.

On the children’s and YA lists of Storytel and Nextory, Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep comes in at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. Forssén Ehrlin’s second Sleep Series title, The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep, appears at No. 5 on the Nextory list.

On BookBeat’s fiction list, Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter comes in at No. 2, Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog at No. 3, and Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst at No. 4. The list for fiction, crime titles excluded, is topped by Fredrik Backman’s Beartown at No. 1.

‘Buried Lies’ the fourth most sold paperback of 2017 in Germany

Kristina Ohlsson’s No. 1 international bestseller Buried Lies is the fourth most sold paperback of 2017 in Germany. Buried Lies is the first installment in the Martin Benner series.

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‘Yes No Maybe’ nominated for a Robert Award

The TV series Yes No Maybe, created by Mads Rosenkrantz Grage and produced by Good Company Films, has been nominated for the Robert Award for “Best Short Television Series.” The Danish equivalent to the American Oscars, the Robert Award acknowledges the outstanding contributions of a person or a film to Danish film and television during the previous year.

Yes No Maybe follows Mads on a series of dates in the heart of Copenhagen and explores whether or not true love can be found in the addictive world of online swipe-dating.

The winner will be announced on February 4th, 2018.

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Jo Nesbø No. 1 in the UK

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst is No. 1 on Sunday Times’ bestseller list for paperback fiction for the second consecutive week.

‘The Triangle Mystery’ No. 5 in Norway

The Triangle Mystery, the twelfth installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s CLUE series, claims the No. 5 spot on 2018’s first official bestseller list for hardcover fiction. The Triangle Mystery was just published in Norway at the start of January.

‘The Thirst’ and ‘The Katharina Code’ the two most sold crime novels of 2017 in Norway

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst and Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code are the No. 1 and No. 2 most sold crime novels by Norwegian authors in Norway during 2017.

‘A Man Called Ove’ the most sold paperback of 2017 in the US

Fredrik Backman’s international sensation A Man Called Ove was the No. 1 most sold trade paperback in the US in 2017. On the overall list for fiction - hardcover and paperback - the novel was the second most sold title of 2017.

Lars Kepler, Leif GW Persson, Anders de la Motte and Jo Nesbø among the most sold in Sweden 2017

The official Swedish bestseller lists for 2017 have just been released, and Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter can be found at No. 2 on the list for fiction, closely followed by Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? at No. 5. Anders de la Motte dominates the bestseller lists for audio books and e-books with End of Summer, coming in at No. 1 on both lists. On the e-book list we also find Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst, at No. 4.

The Swedish bestseller lists for December

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst jumps straight to No. 2 on the official Swedish list of the most sold paperback books of December 2017. Nesbø is joined by Anders de la Motte, who claims the No. 1 spot in two other categories - audio books and e-books - with his End of Summer. Niklas Natt och Dag’s lauded debut novel 1793 also appears on the ebook list, coming in at No. 3. On the children’s books list, Kristina Ohlsson continues to place in the top five with The Mystery on Eagle’s Cliff, coming in at No. 5 this month.

Jo Nesbø No. 1 in the UK

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst is No. 1 on this week’s Sunday Times bestseller list for paperback fiction.

Stefan Ahnhem and Bobbie Peers No. 3 and No. 4 in Norway

The official Norwegian bestseller lists for the last week of 2017 are in, and Stefan Ahnhem and Bobbie Peers continue to feature at the top. On the paperback list, Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero climbs again, coming in at No. 3. Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent likewise climbs, taking the No. 4 spot on the hardcover list.

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes and Bobbie Peers on the December children’s books bestseller list

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series makes a strong showing on the December 2017 bestseller list for children’s fiction, claiming five of the top 20 spots. Operation Mummy, the latest installment in the series, claims the highest position of the five, coming in at No. 3. It’s followed by a short activity booklet called The Search for the Abominable Snowman at No. 4, and a bit further down on the list comes the Detective’s Handbook, The Search for The Thief’s Thief, and Operation Pirate.

Bobbie Peers also makes a repeat appearance on the list, climbing to No. 5 with William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent, the third William Wenton book.

‘The Triangle Mystery’ published in Norway

The Triangle Mystery is the twelfth and last installment in the CLUE series. This time it is the Devil’s Triangle – a triangular area out at sea, not far from the shores of Schooner Cove – that sparks a great new mystery for the CLUE gang to solve. During the past century, the Triangle has become infamous for the suspicious shipwrecks and airplane crashes that occur within it just a bit too often. As sunny May rolls around, two scientists arrive at Schooner Cove to study the phenomenon. Cecilia, Leo, Une, and Une’s dog Egon are meanwhile looking to recover some mysterious images from some suspicious characters. Triangles and patterns aren’t only showing up inside the Devil’s Triangle out at sea, as it would happen.

In The Triangle Mystery, the mystery of the priceless Bolette ring is at last solved as well, concluding the storyline that began in book nine of the CLUE series, The Wolfhound Mystery. The philosophical backdrop of the twelfth and final CLUE book is the teachings of Pythagoras: his famous theorem on right triangles and his belief that “all is number”.

‘The Thirst’ and ‘The Katharina Code’ two of the most sold books of 2017 in Norway

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst, the eleventh novel about Harry Hole, is the most sold book of 2017 in Norway. It is closely followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code at No. 4.

Kristina Ohlsson, Roslund & Hellström and Anders de la Motte on the Swedish bestseller lists

Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery on Eagle’s Cliff stays at No. 5 on the official Swedish bestseller list for children’s books. Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes meanwhile claims the No. 5 spot on the list for paperback fiction. On the audio book and e-book bestseller lists, the No. 1 title is one and the same: Anders de la Motte’s End of Summer.

Jørn Lier Horst and Stefan Ahnhem No. 2 and No. 4 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s and Stefan Ahnhem’s latest titles continue to feature among the top titles on the official Norwegian bestseller lists. The Katharina Code by Horst climbs yet another placement, claiming the No. 2 spot on the hardcover fiction list this week. Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero meanwhile places No. 4 on the paperback list.

Fredrik Backman the most read fiction author in translation on Amazon

Fredrik Backman dominates the translated fiction category on Amazon. Backman’s international bestseller A Man Called Ove ends the year on a high note as Amazon’s most read fiction book in translation of 2017. It is joined by Backman’s second novel, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, which is the third most read fiction book in translation this year.