‘Us Against You’ published in Sweden

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.

‘Buried Lies’ No. 4 in Germany

Kristina Ohlsson’s Buried Lies, the first book in the Martin Benner diptych, is No. 4 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for paperbacks in Germany.

‘East of the Abyss’ published in Sweden

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.

Jens Lapidus, Lars Kepler and Arne Dahl on the Swedish bestseller lists for July

Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog is No. 2 on the official Swedish hardcover bestseller list for the month of July. The novel also comes in at No. 2 on the e-book list, and No. 3 on the audiobook list.

On the list of most sold paperbacks, Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter makes yet another appearance, coming in at No. 4. Arne Dahl’s Watching You occupies the No. 4 position on the audiobook list.

‘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.

‘Buried Lies’ No. 3 in Germany

The first installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s Martin Benner diptych, Buried Lies, stays at No. 3 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list also this week. It is the novel’s 18th week on the list.

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

‘Buried Lies’ No. 3 in Germany

Kristina Ohlsson’s Buried Lies, the first book in the Martin Benner diptych, has climbed to No. 3 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for paperbacks in Germany.

Jo Nesbø winner of the Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year Award for ‘The Thirst’

Jo Nesbø has been announced as the winner of the Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year Award for The Thirst. “His outstanding series featuring Detective Inspector Harry Hole has secured Jo Nesbø the undisputed position of Scandinavia’s leading crime writer.” says Carina Nunstedt, head of Sweden’s Crimetime Gotland, the organization behind the award.

Watch the chilling first trailer for "The Snowman"

Universal Pictures and Working Title Films have released the first trailer for The Snowman, starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence). The film is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller, The Snowman.

‘Buried Lies’ No. 5 in Germany

Kristina Ohlsson’s Buried Lies, the first book in the Martin Benner diptych, is No. 5 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for paperbacks in Germany.

‘The Rabbit Hunter’ No. 1 in Norway

Lars Kepler’s sixth installment in the Joona Linna series, The Rabbit Hunter, is No. 1 on the paperback list in Norway.

‘The Magical Heart’ shortlisted for the Swedish Radio’s Children’s Novel Award

Kristina Ohlsson’s The Magical Heart has been shortlisted for 2017’s Swedish Radio’s Children’s Novel Award. The jury, consisting children from the fourth and fifth grade, will read the books during the summer and the winner will be announced this fall.

‘Sus’ shortlisted for the Danish Radio Literature Prize

Jonas T. Bengtsson’s Sus has been shortlisted for 2018’s Danish Radio Literature Prize. The six titles competing for the award will be successively announced during the coming months, and starting in December, Danish Radio’s book clubs will read and discuss the titles. The winning novel and author will then be chosen by the book clubs’ votes and a jury. The result will be made public in June 2018.

‘Beartown’ No. 4 in Canada

Fredrik Backman’s Beartown has climbed to No. 4 on the Canadian bestseller list for hardcover fiction. Furthermore, Indigo, Canada’s biggest book retailer, has named Beartown one of the 6 best books published in Canada in 2017.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ in The Guardian’s Best New Children’s Books Guide

The first book in Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton series, William Wenton and the Luridium Thief, features in the new Guardian Best New Children’s Books Guide. The guide was distributed through the Guardian newspaper to celebrate Independent Bookshop week on Saturday, June 24th.

‘Beartown’ on Amazon’s top 20 titles of 2017

Fredrik Backman’s Beartown has been selected as one of the top 20 titles of 2017 by Amazon.com. The novel was also selected as one of the best books in the literature and fiction category.