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Jan Guillou

Jan Guillou is arguably Sweden’s most popular author. His books have sold more than 10 million copies in Sweden alone, and he is translated into more than 20 languages. With his thrilling stories, written in a captivating and unerring prose, he has managed to seduce even the most discriminating of readers and critics.

Among Jan Guillou’s most well-known works are the ten novels about the Swedish spy Carl Hamilton and the four novels about the Knight Templar Arn Magnusson and his ancestors.

Several of Jan Guillou’s novels have been made into feature films.

See a video interview in English with Jan Guillou about The Great Century series.

Jan Guillou is also Sweden’s most respected journalist and the co-owner of one of the country’s most successful publishing houses, Piratförlaget.

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Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter, Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes, Kristina Ohlsson’s Blighted Souls, Anne Holt’s Offline, and Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? have all been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the Suspense category.

Real American Jeans by Jan Guillou is shortlisted in the Literary Fiction category and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery of Hester Hill is shortlisted in the Children’s Books category.

The winners of The Grand Audiobook Prize will be crowned in March 2017 at an award gala in Stockholm. To vote for your favorite author and audiobook, click “Read more” below.

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Jan Guillou, Arne Dahl and Fredrik Backman top the Danish bestseller list

Jan Guillou’s Real American Jeans, the sixth installment in The Great Century series, is the No. 1 best selling book in Denmark in the Literary Fiction category. Guillou is joined by Arne Dahl, who comes in at No. 3 on the Crime Fiction list with his latest novel Watching You.

Fredrik Backman’s non-fiction work Things My Son Needs to Know About the World also joins ranks, claiming the No. 5 position on the Literary Fiction list.

‘Real American Jeans’ No. 1 in Sweden

Real American Jeans, the sixth installment in Jan Guillou’s the Great Century series, is the No. 1 best selling novel on the Swedish bestseller list for August.

‘Real American Jeans’ published in Sweden

Eric, member of the third generation of Lauritzens, grows into adulthood during the 1950s. It’s a time when the fundaments of the Swedish welfare state are built, and the nation’s raw materials turn into hot commodities on the European market that’s still suffering from the ravages of war. The growing threat of a nuclear war is an ever-present worry and fear. For Eric however, his most immediate concern is the change that will forever shatter his protected life in Saltsjöbaden.

Out of the great transformation a new youth culture is also born, where the influences are no longer European but American. Eric too is pulled into this world fascinated by all that is new in music, fashion and film. He not only succeeds in the feat of smuggling the banned beverage Coca-Cola – he is also the first in his class to wear real American jeans.

Real American Jeans is the sixth installment in The Great Century series.

The Grand Audiobook Prize 2015

Kristina Ohlsson’s Mio’s Blues, Liza Marklund’s The Final Word, Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s Those Who Failed, Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Delete and Leif GW Persson’s The Bomb Maker and his Woman have been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the Crime & Thriller category. The Blue Star by Jan Guillou is shortlisted in the Literary Fiction category and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Glass Children and The Silver Boy are shortlisted in the Children’s & Young Adult category. The prize is awarded to the book and its narrator both, and the winners will be crowned in March 2016 at the Grand Audiobook Gala in Stockholm.

‘The Blue Star’ published in Sweden

The new generation of the Lauritzen family takes centre stage. At the fore stands the oldest daughter, Johanne. Already at the start of the war she worked as a courier for the Norwegian resistance. Now, she finds herself in the midst of Stockholm’s criminal world of espionage, deceit and betrayal, recruited by the British espionage organisation SOE. By her British employers Johanne is given a code name: the Blue Star.

The Blue Star is the fifth installment in The Great Century series.