‘Yes No Maybe’ winner of two awards at the Fuengirola International Film Festival
Yes No Maybe, directed and written by Mads Rosenkrantz Grage, has won the Fuengirola Web Fest Award, part of the Official Webseries Section at the 6th Fuengirola International Film Festival. Mads Rosenkrantz Grage himself also won an award for ‘Best Director of Webseries’ with Yes No Maybe.
It’s a late summer’s eve in 1990 and five childhood friends have set up camp by their secret bathing spot, a closed quarry on one of southern Sweden’s mountain ridges. The mood is effervescent, but under the surface tensions run deep. Though the evening is supposed to be a last farewell to their childhoods and each other, not everyone is ready to let go, or be left behind. When dawn breaks and the first fall rain has subsided, a body is floating in the dark waters of the quarry. The police label it a tragic accident, but not everyone is convinced.
For twenty-seven years, the accident remains an open wound in the community, a conflict waiting to catch fire. When the old chief of police is replaced by Anna Vesper, a newly arrived homicide detective from Stockholm, things start moving. Soon Anna is left with no choice but to ignore all warnings and reopen the case from that autumn in 1990. An autumn that few will admit to remembering, but nonetheless refuses to be forgotten.
Deeds of Fall is the second installment in Anders de la Motte’s series of stand-alone suspense novels set in southern Sweden.
An autumn night in 1891, Kristina Andersson drowns her two sleeping children in the Aura river. When their pale faces have faded from view she rows home. The next morning regret sets in, but it’s too late. Kristina is sent to the asylum on Själö, an island in the Åbo archipelago. It’s a place few ever leave.
Forty years later, it’s seventeen-year-old Elli’s turn. The daughter of a bourgeois family, Elli wants something more than what the rigid structure of her family home can offer. She gets a summer job at an office, falls head over heels in love and runs away only to be embroiled in a Bonnie and Clyde-style set-up by a spurned lover. When she’s caught she too is brought to Själö, where time seems to have come to a standstill. The nurse Sigrid becomes the link between Kristina and Elli, the old and the new. But time is threatening to catch up with Själö and its inhabitants. War is brewing in Europe and will soon touch their shores too.
Johanna Holmström’s evocative and striking tale Island of Souls has its basis in reality and the tragic human fates that permeated the walls of the real-life asylum on Själö. Island of Souls is a novel about motherhood, the evil, the good, and the utterly ordinary. About the price that three women must pay for their weakness, longing, love, sorrow and friendship. But most of all perhaps, it is a book about madness, and how its definition has shifted as it has been used on women throughout time.
The official Swedish bestseller list for August is in, and Lars Kepler comes in at No. 2 on the paperback list with The Rabbit Hunter. Anders de la Motte’s End of Summer is right behind at No. 3, and Fredrik Backman occupies the No. 4 spot with Beartown.
Fredrik Backman also features at No. 4 on the hardcover list with his latest novel, Us Against You. On the audio book and e-book list Jens Lapidus comes in at No. 2 and No. 3 with Top Dog. Jonas Bonnier’s The Helicopter Heist is No. 4 on the audio list.
The restaurant The Hills stands at the center of Matias Faldbakken’s new novel, a story of waiters and regulars, chandeliers and cloakroom attendants, mezzanines and storage cellars, bar managers and in-house pianists. It’s a continental interior that greets the visitor as they enter the premises, a downtrodden mosaic of concentric circles on the floor and walls covered in portraits, drawings, paintings and stamps. The one who guides the reader through this landscape is a waiter at the establishment, a veteran of thirteen years. With utter discretion and a complete knowledge of all that goes on in his domain, he is the eyes and ears of the novel.
The ideas and ambience of old Europe are carefully guarded at the run-down restaurant. A well-established order wherein everything has its place rules, and little to nothing of the outside world intrudes. Until the threat of unrest and change comes anyway, in the innocuous form of a young woman quietly taking a seat among the regulars.
The Hills is an unexpected, smart and entertaining novel about collapsing structures and a world caught somewhere between diligence and decay. Matias Faldbakken possesses a rare talent for observation and an uncompromising eye for detail and humor as he pushes the performances of the novel to the point of absurdity, and does so in a manner that evokes a sense of unease as well as gravity.
Fredrik Backman and Anders de la Motte No. 1 in Sweden
Fredrik Backman’s Us Against You, the stand-alone sequel to Beartown, comes in at No. 1 on the official Swedish bestseller list for e-books and No. 3 on the hardcover bestseller list. Beartown also features at No. 3, on the paperback list.
Anders de la Motte’s End of Summer meanwhile occupies the No. 1 spot on the same paperback bestseller list.
The first installment in the already critically acclaimed new series by Jørn Lier Horst, The Katharina Code, is No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for fiction, all formats. The Katharina Code was published just over a week ago in Norway.
It’s that time of the year. For the twenty-fourth time, William Wisting gets out the papers from when Katharina Haugen disappeared. The case was never solved, and every year since Wisting has called on Katharina’s husband, Martin Haugen. The steady contact between the police inspector and the bereaved husband has over the years developed into a friendship. But this year, Haugen’s house stands empty and dark when Wisting arrives. On the anniversary of his wife’s disappearance, Martin Haugen has gone missing.
The same day, Kripos investigator Adrian Stiller comes to see Wisting. A young cold case investigator for the National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos), Stiller has uncovered a connection between Katharina’s disappearance and the missing person case he’s working on. The two must join efforts, but the collaboration with the complex Stiller will be a challenge for the experienced Wisting. The two driven investigators must all the same find a starting point they can agree on, and use their combined capabilities to solve the case.
The Katharina Code is the first installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s compelling new crime fiction series, the Cold Case Quartet.
It’s so easy to get people to hate one another, you wonder why we do anything but.
Us Against You tells the story of the months after the terrible events that shook Beartown last spring. Best friends Maya and Ana spend the summer on a hidden island, trying to leave the world behind, but nothing goes as they hope. Beartown and Hed’s rivalry grows into a furious struggle for money, power and survival that explodes as their hockey teams meet. When a player’s most closely guarded secret is revealed, a whole community is forced to show what it really wants to stand for.
They will say that the violence came to Beartown that year, but it will be a lie. The violence was already there.
Fredrik Backman’s Us Against You, the stand-alone sequel to Beartown, is a powerful depiction of the poignant and striking relationships of a small town. It’s a story about loyalty, friendship, and a love that challenges everything.
Tbilisi, July 2016. Pauline Hollister has secrets, dark ones. The businesswoman turns to Ludwig Licht, now working for the security company EXPLCO’s Georgian branch. But before she can tell him everything she knows, Pauline disappears.
Meanwhile, the Caucasian republic is fraying at the seams due to a series of terror attacks in the capital. In the North, Russia’s presence looms greater than ever. What was it Pauline wanted to tell Licht – what has she set in motion? Ludwig is soon facing his most dangerous, not to mention ruthless, opponent to date: a man he used to know as his superior in the Stasi.
East of the Abyss is the fourth and final installment in Thomas Engström’s award-winning series about Ludwig Licht, former Stasi agent and star CIA spy in the DDR turned freelancing problem solver.
‘The Thirst’ most popular novel in Norway during first half of 2017
Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst is the most sold novel during the first half of 2017 in Norway, according to the Booksellers Association’s list – a list including all books written in, as well as translated into, Norwegian.
Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes dominate the Norwegian children’s books bestseller list
Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes feature heavily on the official Norwegian list of most sold children’s books during the first half of 2017. Their Operation Pirate, the eleventh Detective Agency No. 2 book, comes in at No. 2 on the list. It’s followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Einstein Mystery, from his CLUE series for older children, at No. 3 and then the activity book The Search for The Thief’s Thief at No. 4.
The Detective Agency No. 2 series also occupies the No. 2 and No. 3 spot on the children’s books bestseller list for July. The most recent activity book of the series, The Search for The Thief’s Thief, comes in at No. 2, and Operation Pirate at No. 3.
Kristina Ohlsson winner of the Crimetime Specsavers Award
Kristina Ohlsson is the winner of 2017’s Crimetime Specsavers Award in the category ‘Children’s Crime Fiction of the Year’. Ohlsson won the award for her two books Zombie Fever and The Werewolf’s Secret, and was lauded by the jury as one of Sweden’s great masters of suspense.
“These are horror stories that grab hold of the reader right from the get-go. The latest book is a feverish, pulse-elevating tale that will make you want to lock all doors the next time you hear a dog howl. Surroundings, people and folk tales are woven together in a skillful way and those who can’t feel the chills running down their spine are surely something else than human… The protagonist’s life story is a gripping subplot with a wonderful grandfather, a best friend, and a secret brother as supporting characters. [Kristina Ohlsson] knows the art of writing original content for young and old alike, books that evoke a love for reading and are topical. She is one of Sweden’s truly great masters of suspense.”
-The Crimetime Specsavers jury