Lars Kepler, Stina Jackson, Niklas Natt och Dag and Jo Nesbø among the most sold in Sweden 2019

The official bestseller lists for 2019 have been announced in Sweden, and two of the names featured will be familiar to those who can recall the lists for the previous year, 2018. Both Lars Kepler and Stina Jackson succeed in grabbing top spots two years in a row with the same titles, Lazarus and The Silver Road respectively. Lars Kepler’s Lazarus is No. 2 on the hardcover list, while Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road is No. 3 in paperback and e-book, and No. 4 in audio.

Also appearing for the second year in a row, though with a new title, is Niklas Natt och Dag. His 1794 lands at No. 4 in hardcover.

Another long-running bestseller making multiple appearances on the lists is Jo Nesbø’s Knife, which takes the No. 4 spot in the e-book category and No. 5 in audio.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The bestseller lists for week 2 see Kristina Ohlsson keep a steady hold of the No. 1 spot on the children's book list. Her recently published standalone children's novel The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress shot to the top of the list last week.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

The official Norwegian bestseller lists for the second week of 2020 see Hjorth & Rosenfeldt appear at No. 5 on the e-book list. The title is A Higher Justice, the sixth Sebastian Bergman novel.

Trailer release for ‘Morbius’

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Morbius, starring Jared Leto and directed by Daniel Espinosa.

This origin story follows the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius, a biochemist suffering from a rare blood disorder. In search of a cure, Morbius injects himself with an experimental serum. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease itself.

Morbius is set to premiere in theatres on July 31, 2020.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Rounding up the last weekly bestseller lists of 2019, and the first one of 2020, it’s safe to say that Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 was one of the most popular titles in Swedish bookshops this winter. Week 51, 1794 featured at No. 2 in hardcover, climbing to No. 1 the week after, and then appearing at No. 4 on week 1’s list. The novel showed steadily on the e-book lists as well.

Kristina Ohlsson joined Natt och Dag on the first list of the new decade, claiming a top spot with her just published children’s book The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress, which jumped to No. 1 on the children’s titles list.

The December bestseller list for children’s fiction in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes repeat their feat from last month by claiming the two top spots also on the official bestseller list for children’s books in December. This time however it is Operation Radius, the sixteenth installment in the Detective Agency series, which lands the No. 1 placement. The Christmas short story, The Search for the Snowflake, comes in just after at No. 2.

The December bestseller lists in Sweden

Niklas Natt och Dag and the second installment in his Cardell & Winge series, 1794, claim the No. 2 spot on the official monthly list for most sold hardcovers in Sweden. The novel is also No. 5 on the monthly e-book list.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

The last and first bestseller lists of 2019 vs 2020 have been published in Norway, and on week 52’s hardcover lists we find Jørn Lier Horst’s Ill Will coming in at No. 4. The novel also features at No. 4 on the e-book list. Death Deserved, the first book in Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Blix & Ramm series, comes in at No. 4 in paperback.

Week 1 meanwhile sees Stefan Ahnhem claim the No. 4 spot on the hardcover list, appearing with his X Ways to Die.

The Icelandic bestseller lists for 2019

The official Icelandic bestseller lists for 2019 have just been published, and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is one of the names among the top spots. Sigurðardóttir’s latest installment in the Freyja and Huldar series, The Fallout, was published just last month in December, yet managed to find its way to the No. 3 position on the bestseller list for all categories, and the No. 2 spot in the fiction category.

Jo Nesbø meanwhile comes in at No. 2 on the translated fiction list, appearing with the latest Harry Hole novel, Knife. At No. 3 on the same list is Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm. The YA list sees Bobbie Peers grab the No. 7 spot with William Wenton and the Luridium Thief.

‘Witch Hunt’ lauded in the Norwegian press

Witch Hunt, the latest TV-series creation from the renowned screenwriter duo Siv Rajendram Eliassen and Anna Bache-Wiig, premiered January 9 on TV 2 Norway and has received outstanding reviews in the Norwegian press.

Witch Hunt must be the most important Norwegian drama series of the year. /…/ The escalating conflict is topical, striking and has a pronounced nerve.”

“I would like to commend Bache-Wiig and Rajendram for creating the solid concept and form of this series. /…/ High quality through and through.”

“Exciting and shocking. /…/ The creators Rajendram and Bache-Wiig have constructed a complex and believable story.”
-Stavanger Aftenblad

“A well-written and clever script. /…/ High quality craftsmanship.”

“This is deliciously entertaining.”
-Verdens Gang

“Rarely has a Norwegian TV series introduced its themes and aesthetics in a more concise or elegant way. /…/ A clever drama thriller filled with connotations.”

“Top quality.”

“Meticulously and realistically portrayed.”

“Siv Rajendram and Anna Bache-Wiig knows how to deliver quick twist and turns and blindside their heroes and villains.”

Official trailer for ‘Box 21’ series

The official trailer for the upcoming series Box 21 has now been released. The series is based on the crime novel by acclaimed writer duo Roslund & Hellström, and will premiere on Viaplay on January 17. Criminal detective Ewert Grens is portrayed by Leonard Terfelt.

The new series tells the story of Lidia and Alina, two young girls from the East who dream of a better life. The girls are lured to Sweden with promises of good jobs awaiting them, but their journey ends in sex trafficking and dreams of revenge on the men that robbed them of their lives.

In Box 21, the lives of the girls are intertwined with other stories in an increasingly intense development which culminates in a hostage situation at a hospital morgue. At the center of the events is criminal detective Ewert Grens, who is faced with the question of who the true victims are in this deadly drama.

‘438 Days’ nominated for Best Film at the Official Swedish Film Awards

The nominees for the 2020 Official Swedish Film Awards have now been announced and 438 Days, directed by Jesper Ganslandt, is nominated in six categories, including ‘Best Film’.

The nominees further include Quick, nominated in seven categories including ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’, and Britt-Marie Was Here in the categories of ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ and the Audience Award.

The winners will be announced at the award ceremony January 20.

‘Hamilton’ premiere on C More

The 10-episode international spy thriller series Hamilton saw its world premiere last year at MIPCOM and the first two episodes are now available for streaming on C More.

Hamilton has received wonderful reviews in Swedish press, with newspaper Expressen describing it as “Brilliantly written, directed and cut.”

Hamilton moves away from the classic spy thriller set in the Cold War, and enters a contemporary world of espionage, paranoia and geopolitical games. The series, set in Sweden, Germany, Russia and the US, revolves around Swedish Agent Carl Hamilton as he is caught up in a murder investigation which appears to be linked to a series of public cyberattacks across Scandinavia.

Hamilton is based on the bestselling novel by Jan Guillou, directed by Erik Leijonborg and written by Petter Rosenlund.

Wisting TV-series selected as ‘Critic’s Choice’ in The Times

UK magazine The Times has selected the TV series Wisting as a ‘Critic’s Choice,’ praising it as “a cut above” with “interesting social undercurrents.” The detective series is based on Jørn Lier Horst’s bestselling books about police inspector William Wisting and is co-created and written by director Trygve Allister Diesen and Katherine Valen Zeiner. Wisting is currently airing on BBC Four in the UK.

Fantastic reviews for ‘22 July’

22 July, the absorbing new drama series from award-winning filmmakers Sara Johnsen and Pål Sletaune, premiered January 5 on NRK and has received great reviews in the Norwegian press.

“As good as TV gets. /…/ Johnsen and Sletaune have created an ingenius and poignant TV series.”

“Hard-hitting and nuanced.”

“Shocking and realistic. /…/ Sara Johnsen and Pål Sletaune delivers an impressive and solid piece of work.”

“Respectful and critical.”
-Verdens Gang

“An affectionate and multifaceted portrait.”

“A powerful July 22 series with pain and critique.”

22 July is an impressive accomplishment. /…/ What they have achieved is a difficult feat. They have produced a series that is important. And dignified. /…/ See it.”

‘Purge’ listed among the 10 best books of the decade

The prestigious Swedish literature magazine Vi Läser has announced the best translated fiction of the decade. Among the 10 listed novels is Sofi Oksanen’s Purge, which is described as a modern masterpiece.

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‘The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress’ published in Sweden

Ellie and Walter have to stick together. The two of them have been sent to Tempest Island, where they will stay until their parents return home. But nothing is as it seems on the island. Ellie and Walter’s new home, the island’s deserted old stone fortress, hides dark secrets. And the locals are quick to warn them: Stay away from the fortress, kids! But who’d believe their stories of ghosts and ghouls? Certainly not Ellie and Walter.

At night, someone tugs at the door of their bedroom. In another room, the paintings have been hung with the motifs facing the wall. They portray the four children who once lived in the fortress, before they all went missing. As if that wasn’t spooky enough, a black bird keeps chasing Ellie, refusing to leave her alone…

Kristina Ohlsson, a master of eerie, creeping suspense, is finally back with The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress, a new tale to spook and delight young readers.

Photo: Andreas Lind

Jakob Ström joins Salomonsson Agency

Jakob Ström is the director of the short film Dear Daddy that was released on social media in 2015 and went viral. In Sweden alone it was viewed 6 million times in 5 days, and has since been viewed more than over 300 million times worldwide. Dear Daddy won several international awards, including the Gold and Silver Lion in Cannes, the Grand Prix at the New York Festival, the D&AD White Pencil, the Silver CLIO Award, two Grand Prix Awards and one Gold Award at the CRESTA Awards, one Silver and two Gold Awards at the London International Awards, one Gold and one Silver Eurobest Award.

Ström is the creator of the successful comedy Torpederna (2014), praised by viewers and critics alike. In 2016, Torpederna won the Kristallen Award for ‘Best Comedy Series’.

In 2017, Ström directed three episodes for the awarded television series Jordskott, and is currently working on his latest series creation, War.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 grabs the No. 3 spot on the official hardcover bestseller list of week 50 in Sweden. 1794 is the long-running bestseller sequel to The Wolf and the Watchman.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Ill Will, the latest title from Jørn Lier Horst, comes in at No. 4 on the hardcover bestseller list for week 50 in Norway. The novel also features at No. 5 on the e-book list.

Death Deserved, the first book in Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Blix & Ramm series, comes in at No. 4 in paperback.