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Jonas Gardell

Jonas Gardell (b. 1963) is one of the greatest and most distinctive voices in Swedish literature today. Since his literary debut in 1985, the novelist, playwright, screenwriter and comedian Gardell has time and again mesmerized the reading audience with moving, stylistically immaculate prose that ricochets off the page. His unique mixture of humor and heartbreaking episodes fetched from his own life as a member of the LGBTQ community has made Gardell a trendsetting authorship in Scandinavia. Deeply personal, utterly unfazed by taboos, and with a humor you can’t guard against, he is finally back with the national No. 1 bestseller, In Memory of an Unconditional Love.

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‘The Silver Road’ and ‘In Memory of an Unconditional Love’ shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award

Stina Jackson and Jonas Gardell have both been shortlisted for Bonnier’s Book Clubs’ Book of the Year Award. Jackson for her internationally bestselling debut The Silver Road, and Gardell for his In Memory of an Unconditional Love, the most sold literary novel in Sweden last year.

Bonnier’s Book Clubs is the home of five Swedish book clubs, among them the biggest one in Sweden. The winning book and author will be announced during the Gothenburg Book Fair. To see the list of the nominees and vote for your favorite, click “Read more” below.

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The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus stays at No. 1 on the hardcover list for week 10. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice meanwhile jumps a few placements and lands at No. 2. Jonas Gardell grabs the last top five spot and places in at No. 5 with In Memory of an Unconditional Love.

Leif GW Persson also climbs this week, claiming the No. 1 spot on the non-fiction list with Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career.

Concluding this week’s round-up is Stina Jackson, whose The Silver Road features on three lists. It comes in at No. 4 on the paperback list and No. 5 on the e-book and audio book lists.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official Swedish bestseller lists for week 9 are out, and Lars Kepler’s Lazarus comes in at No. 1 on the hardcover list, having moved up one position from last week. Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love grabs spot No. 3 on the same list, followed by Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, which comes in at No. 4.

Stina Jackson and Niklas Natt och Dag occupy multiple positions on this week’s lists. Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road stays in the top positions, placing at No. 1 on the e-book list, No. 2 on the paperback list and No. 3 on the audio one. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman places at No. 4 on both the audio- and e-book lists and comes in at No. 5 on the paperback one. Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm holds spot No. 3 on the e-book list.

Lastly, in the non-fiction category, Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career, comes in at No. 2.

The February bestseller lists in Sweden

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus occupies multiple list positions on the February lists, coming in at No. 1 on the hardcover list, No. 3 on the e-book list and No. 5 on the audio book one. Jonas Gardell’s lauded In Memory of an Unconditional Love grabs the No. 3 spot on the hardcover list for February, closely followed by Hjorth & Rosenfeld’s A Higher Justice at No. 4 and Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm at No. 5.

Stina Jackson nabs three positions on the monthly lists with her debut The Silver Road, coming in at No. 1 on both the audio- and e-book lists and No. 2 on the paperback one. Niklas Natt och Dag claims spot No. 4 on the paperback list with The Wolf and the Watchman.

Finally we have the non-fiction category, in which Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 2.

Lars Kepler, Jonas Gardell, Niklas Natt och Dag, Stina Jackson and Leif GW Persson among the most sold in Sweden 2018

The official Swedish bestseller lists for 2018 have just been released, and the undeniable champion of the past year is Lars Kepler with Lazarus. The seventh Joona Linna novel comes in at No. 1 in three categories: hardcover, audio, and e-book. Not far behind at No. 4 is Jonas Gardell’s lauded In Memory of an Unconditional Love, a unique portrait of a woman and a mother who lived her own truth.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s long-running international bestseller The Wolf and the Watchman is the second most sold paperback of the year, coming in at No. 2 also on the e-book list. The No. 5 spot on the paperback list goes to the new bestselling phenomenon Stina Jackson and The Silver Road.

Last is the nonfiction category, in which Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 2. The beloved criminologist and author’s memoir also appears at No. 3 on the audio list.

The December bestseller lists in Sweden

The official Swedish bestseller lists for the month of December see Lars Kepler and Stina Jackson dominate the lists, claiming two No. 1 placements each. Lars Kepler’s Lazarus is No. 1 in hardcover and audio, also nabbing a No. 2 placement in the e-book category, while Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road is No. 1 in paperback and e-books.

Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love comes in at No. 3 in the hardcover category. It is closely followed by Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, which is No. 4 in hardcover as well as in e-book.

The paperback list also features Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman, which comes in at No. 3. The novel places at No. 5 in the e-book category. Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth likewise appears on the paperback list, featuring at No. 4.

The Swedish bestseller lists for week 50-52

The official Swedish bestseller lists for the last three weeks of 2018 have been released, and though December month’s list is yet to come, some strong trends hint at what the last monthly list of the year will look like.

Beginning with the hardcover lists for week 50-52, we see Lars Kepler’s Lazarus come in at No. 1 for two weeks straight before it lands in second place in week 52. Lazarus also claims multiple No. 1 spots on the audio and e-book lists. Next on the hardcover list is Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love, which comes in at No. 3 for two weeks straight. It is closely followed by Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, which claims the No. 4 spot for two weeks before it jumps a placement to No. 3.

The undisputed queen of the paperback lists is Stina Jackson, whose The Silver Road comes in at No. 1 all three weeks. The Silver Road can also be seen coming in at No. 1 on the ebook list. Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth shoots to the top of the paperback list to join Jackson as well, coming in at No. 2 in week 51-52. Not far behind is Niklas Natt och Dag with The Wolf and the Watchman, No. 3 and then No. 4.

The Storytel Awards 2018

The nominees for 2018’s Storytel Awards (formerly known as the Grand Audiobook Prize) have been announced. The Swedish awards will as always be handed out in four categories: Fiction, Suspense, Young Adult, and Children’s.

Among those competing for the Fiction award are Niklas Natt och Dag with The Wolf and the Watchman, and Jonas Gardell with In Memory of an Unconditional Love.

The Suspense category’s shortlist features Lars Kepler for Lazarus, Stina Jackson with The Silver Road, and Anders Roslund with Three Hours.

Lastly, in the Children’s category, is Johan Theorin and The Battle for Salajak.

To vote for your favorite, click “Read more” below. The voting will close on January 20th.

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Lars Kepler and Stina Jackson No. 1 in Sweden

Lars Kepler’s seventh Joona Linna novel, Lazarus, refuses to budge from its No. 1 spot on the official Swedish hardcover, audio and e-book bestseller lists for week 49 (December 3-9). The long-running bestseller is joined at the top by Stina Jackson’s award-winning The Silver Road, which claims the last No. 1 spot, in the paperback category. Jackson also appears at No. 2 on the e-book list.

Hjorth & Rosenfeldt likewise feature on multiple lists with their A Higher Justice. The novel comes in at No. 3 on the hardcover list, and No. 4 on the audio and e-book list.

The hardcover list sees Jonas Gardell’s lauded In Memory of an Unconditional Love climb one placement to No. 4. Niklas Natt och Dag stays put at No. 3 on the paperback list with The Wolf and the Watchman, and Ulf Lundell’s Weekdays nabs a No. 3 position as well, on the audio list. Anders de la Motte’s Dead of Winter climbs the lists as well, coming in at No. 5 on the audio one.

The November bestseller lists in Sweden

On the official bestseller lists for November, Lars Kepler and Lazarus come in at No. 1 in the hardcover, audio and e-book categories. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice is No. 2 in the same three categories, and Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love is No. 4 in hardcover. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman comes in at No. 2 in paperback, and Anders de la Motte’s Dead of Winter is No. 4 on the e-book list.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official bestseller lists for the last week of November have been announced, and Lars Kepler’s Lazarus is back at No. 1 in hardcover and audio. Kepler also places second on the e-book list. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice appears at No. 4 on the hardcover list, additionally claiming the fourth and fifth place on the audio and e-book lists. Last in the hardcover category’s top five is Jonas Gardell and In Memory of an Unconditional Love, at No. 5.

The paperback list sees Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road shoot to No. 2. Jackson’s debut novel comes in fourth on the e-book list. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman also features on the paperback list, claiming the No. 3 spot.

Finishing this week’s bestseller list roundup is Ulf Lundell’s Weekdays, No. 3 in the audio category.

Lars Kepler, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, Niklas Natt och Dag, Jonas Gardell, and Anders de la Motte on the Swedish bestseller lists

Today the official Swedish bestseller lists for week 46 and 47 (November 12-25th) were released. Week 46’s lists saw Lars Kepler’s Lazarus come in at No. 2 on the hardcover list and at No. 1 on both the audio and e-book lists. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice came in at No. 3 on the hardcover and audio lists, claiming also the No. 2 spot on the e-book one. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman made a repeat appearance at No. 2 on the paperback list.

Week 47’s lists feature an extended cast of bestselling authors and titles: Lars Kepler, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, and Niklas Natt och Dag stay put on the hardcover, e-book, audio and paperback lists, but are also joined by Jonas Gardell, whose In Memory of an Unconditional Love climbs the hardcover list once more to claim the No. 4 spot. Anders de la Motte’s Dead of Winter comes in just after, at No. 5. Dead of Winter also appears at No. 5 on the e-book list.

The most sold books of 2018 at Adlibris, Sweden’s biggest online retailer

Adlibris, Sweden’s biggest online retailer of books, has announced their most sold titles of 2018 thus far. The hardcover list is topped by Lars Kepler’s Lazarus at No. 1, followed by Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career at No. 2, and Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love at No. 4.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman meanwhile claims No. 3 on the paperback list, which includes both fiction and nonfiction titles. Last out is the audiobook list, which also sees Kepler coming in at No. 1 with Lazarus, whilst Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 4, and GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career is No. 5.

The October bestseller lists in Sweden

The official Swedish bestseller lists for the month of October are out, and Lars Kepler’s Lazarus takes home three No. 1 spots in the categories hardcover, audio and e-books. Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love claims the No. 5 position on the hardcover list, and Anders de la Motte comes in at No. 5 in the audio category with Dead of Winter. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 3 on the paperback list and No. 5 on the e-book one.

Jonas Gardell, Liza Marklund, Stefan Ahnhem and Niklas Natt och Dag on the Swedish bestseller lists

Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love is No. 1 on the Swedish hardcover list for the first week of October. Gardell is joined by Liza Marklund, who comes in at No. 4 with her recently published Black Pearl Farm. Just after at No. 5 comes Stefan Ahnhem and Motive X, which also claims the No. 3 spot on the e-book list and the No. 4 spot on the audio list. Niklas Natt och Dag and The Wolf and the Watchman occupy the No. 3 spot on the paperback list, also coming in at No. 4 on the e-book list.

The September bestseller lists in Sweden

The official bestseller lists for the month of September see many familiar titles in the top spots. On the hardcover list Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love comes in at No. 2, also making an appearance at No. 5 on the e-book list. Stefan Ahnhem’s fourth Fabian Risk novel, Motive X, claims the No. 4 spot on the hardcover list.

The paperback list has Anders de la Motte and Deeds of Fall at No. 2, and Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman at No. 3.

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code claims the No. 2 spot on the e-book list.

Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career meanwhile makes a repeat appearance on the nonfiction list, claiming the No. 5 spot.

And lastly on the children’s fiction list, Kristina Ohlsson’s third installment in the Monster Trilogy, The Mummy’s Riddle, places at No. 3.

Jonas Gardell, Stefan Ahnhem, Niklas Natt och Dag on the Swedish bestseller lists

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists remain largely unchanged the last week of September, and Jonas Gardell and Stefan Ahnhem once again claim the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the hardcover list. Gardell with In Memory of an Unconditional Love, and Ahnhem with Motive X. Ahnhem also comes in at No. 3 on the e-book list and No. 4 on the audio list.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman likewise stays put at No. 3 on the paperback list, and comes in at No. 2 on the e-book list.

Jonas Gardell, Stefan Ahnhem, Liza Marklund, Niklas Natt och Dag, Anders de la Motte and Kristina Ohlsson on the Swedish bestseller lists

Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love returns to the No. 1 spot on the weekly hardcover fiction list in Sweden, also claiming the No. 3 position on the e-book list. Stefan Ahnhem meanwhile debuts on the hardcover list with the just published Motive X, which comes in at No. 2. Motive X - the fourth Fabian Risk novel - is No. 2 also on the e-book list. Another strong debut on the hardcover list is Liza Marklund, just out with The Pearl Farm. Marklund places at No. 4.

The paperback list features two recurring bestsellers: Niklas Natt och Dag, who comes in at No. 3 with The Wolf and the Watchman, and Anders de la Motte at No. 4 with Deeds of Fall.

Finally there is the weekly children’s books bestseller list, where the third installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s Monster Trilogy, The Mummy’s Riddle, comes in at No. 5.

Anders de la Motte and Jonas Gardell No. 1 in Sweden

The weekly bestseller lists in Sweden have been announced, and Anders de la Motte and Jonas Gardell each claim one No. 1 spot. Anders de la Motte does so on the paperback list with his Deeds of Fall, and Jonas Gardell features at the top of the e-book list with In Memory of an Unconditional Love. Gardell also comes in at No. 2 on the hardcover list.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman climbs one placement to No. 4 on the paperback list. On the e-book list, Jørn Lier Horst and The Katharina Code stay put at No. 2, as does Arne Dahl’s Turmoil at No. 4.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love remains one of the top titles on the official weekly bestseller list in Sweden, coming in at No. 2 this week. The top spot on the paperback list is meanwhile claimed by Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall, No. 1 for the third week in a row. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 5 on the same paperback list.

New on the list for children’s books is Kristina Ohlsson, whose just published The Mummy’s Riddle rockets to No. 2. The Mummy’s Riddle is the third book in the Monster Trilogy.

The nonfiction list remains unchanged also this week, with Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career placing No. 4.

On the audio and e-book list Jørn Lier Horst makes a double appearance with his The Katharina Code, which comes in at No. 3 on the audio list and No. 2 on the e-book one. Arne Dahl’s Turmoil is No. 4 on the e-book list.

The August bestseller lists in Sweden

The official bestseller lists for the month of August are out in Sweden, and on the hardcover fiction list Jonas Gardell’s new novel In Memory of an Unconditional Love comes in at No. 3. Just after Gardell comes Arne Dahl and Turmoil at No. 4. Dahl also makes an appearance on the e-book list, where Turmoil is No. 2.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman (1793) is No. 4 on the same e-book list, and No. 4 on the paperback list. Anders de la Motte’s second stand-alone novel Deeds of Fall is No. 3 in the paperback category.

Lastly, Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 2 on the nonfiction list, and No. 2 on the audio list.

Jonas Gardell, Leif GW Persson, Anders de la Motte, Niklas Natt och Dag and Jørn Lier Horst on the Swedish lists

On this week’s official bestseller list from Sweden, Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love shoots to the top of the hardcover fiction list, claiming the No. 1 spot. On the audio list Gardell comes in at No. 4. Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career places at No. 5 on the same audio list, and stays at No. 4 on the nonfiction list.

Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall continues to hold the No. 1 spot on the paperback list and is joined by Niklas Natt och Dag who places at No. 2 with 1793.

Finally, The Katharina Code by Jørn Lier Horst places at No. 3 on the e-book list.

Jonas Gardell, Anders de la Motte, Leif GW Persson, Niklas Natt och Dag, Arne Dahl and Jørn Lier Horst on the Swedish lists

This week’s official bestseller lists from Sweden see Jonas Gardell at No. 3 on the hardcover fiction list with his just published In Memory of an Unconditional Love.

The paperback list is meanwhile topped by Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall, coming in at No. 1. De la Motte is joined by Niklas Natt och Dag who places No. 4 with 1793.

Leif GW Persson makes a repeat appearance on the lists with his Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career, which claims the No. 4 position on the nonfiction list and the No. 5 on the audio list. Arne Dahl’s Turmoil comes in at No. 4 on the same audio list, and No. 3 on the e-book one. Jørn Lier Horst’s just published The Katharina Code is No. 2 on the e-book list.

‘In Memory of an Unconditional Love’ published in Sweden

In Memory of an Unconditional Love is the story of the (in fiction) late author Jonas Gardell and his family. A family that is much like any other, except perhaps for the creative way in which it handles weakness. In the Gardell family, secrets and unwanted truths have a tendency to change shape, transforming into legends that – much like a skillfully executed magic trick – dazzle the eye with a prettier truth.

The best teller of such legends was without a doubt Ingegärd Rasmussen, Jonas’ loving mother. The eccentric Free Church-raised Ingegärd, born in the not-so-roaring Swedish twenties, was a woman surrounded on all sides by obstacles dictating what a woman should be. The intrepid Ingegärd took on these ideas, and indeed the world, with the fierce battle cry, “I must be free!”

Ingegärd joins forces with Bertil, a man of the future. Together the two dreamers will face twentieth century Sweden, a rapidly changing nation. But their life together nearly comes to an end when Ingegärd almost dies while giving birth to their youngest child, Jonas. Looking down at the helpless bundle in her arms, she realizes that she must survive for the poor child’s sake. Then and there, mother and son form a pact that’s never to be broken.

In Memory of an Unconditional Love is a novel of epic love, solidarity and betrayal as much as it is a portrait of a bewildering yet endlessly charming woman. Written with an irrepressible joy and humor, it sparkles even as it cuts deep into life’s most painful moments.

New author - Jonas Gardell

Jonas Gardell (b. 1963) is one of the greatest and most distinctive voices in Swedish literature today. Since his literary debut in 1985, the novelist, playwright, screenwriter and comedian Gardell has time and again mesmerized the reading audience with moving, stylistically immaculate prose that ricochets off the page. His unique mixture of humor and heartbreaking episodes fetched from his own life as a member of the LGBTQ community has made Gardell a trendsetting authorship in Scandinavia. Deeply personal, utterly unfazed by taboos, and with a humor you can’t guard against, he is finally back with the national No. 1 bestseller, In Memory of an Unconditional Love.