‘Knife’ No. 1 in the UK

The official UK bestseller lists are in and Jo Nesbø’s Knife, published by Harvill just a couple of days ago, entered the list for hardcover fiction at No. 1

Jo Nesbø and Lars Kepler on the Swedish bestseller lists

The official Swedish bestseller lists for week 27 (the 1st-7th of July) see Jo Nesbø claim multiple top positions. Knife, his twelth Harry Hole installment, comes in at No. 1 on both the hardcover and e-book lists and in addition nabs the No. 3 spot on the audio one. In the hardcover category he is joined by Lars Kepler who claims the No. 4 spot with long-running bestseller Lazarus, the seventh installment in the Joona Linna series.

The biannual bestseller lists in Norway

The official list of the most sold fiction titles in Norway throughout the first six months of 2019 has been announced by the Norwegian Booksellers Association. Jo Nesbø comes in at No. 1 on the domestic fiction list with his twelth Harry Hole novel Knife.

The children's fiction list sees Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes claim the No. 1 spot with Operation Sable Forest, the fifteenth installment in the Detective Agency No. 2 series. Their stand alone The Search for the Magician's Tome meanwhile comes in at No. 7 on the same list, just after Horst's thirteenth Clue book The Smuggler's Shack in the No. 5 spot.

The most sold translated fiction list sees Hjorth & Rosenfeldt nab the No. 6 spot with A Higher Justice.

Liza Marklund No.1 in Iceland

For the second week running Liza Marklund holds the No. 1 spot on the official Icelandic bestseller list with her stand-alone Black Pearl Farm.

Photo: Anders Hedqvist

Maja Winkler joins Salomonsson Agency

Screenwriter Maja Winkler graduated from the prestigious Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2015. Following her graduation, she has worked with the majority of the leading production companies in Scandinavia. Winkler has a soft spot for melodrama, but loves exploring genres in general, whether they are thriller or dramedy.

Winkler was dramaturge and script consultant for Gösta (2019), the first original Swedish HBO-series, and worked closely with top director Lukas Moodysson. Gösta premiered in July 2019, receiving great praise in the Swedish press, where it was among else described as “a headstrong winner,” “utterly lovely,” and “fascinatingly entertaining.”

At the moment, Winkler is working on the feature film The Idiot together with Måns Herngren, for which they are both writers and directors.

Jo Nesbø and Fredrik Backman on the Swedish bestseller lists

Jo Nesbø’s just published Knife nabs an impressive three No. 1 spots on the official Swedish bestseller lists for week 26 (June 24th-30th). The novel is No. 1 in hardcover, e-book and audio. Fredrik Backman likewise features on the hardcover list, coming in at No. 5 with Anxious People.

The June bestseller lists in Sweden

The official monthly bestseller lists for June see Jo Nesbø appear on three lists with the just published twelfth Harry Hole novel, Knife. He is No. 3 in e-book and No. 4 on both the hardcover and audio lists. Kristina Ohlsson’s new Martin Benner title, To Him Who Knocks, comes in just after on the hardcover list, placing No. 5. Fredrik Backman’s stand-alone Anxious People claims the No. 5 spot on the e-book category’s list.

Liza Marklund and Stefan Ahnhem No. 1 and No. 2 in Iceland

Liza Marklund’s stand-alone Black Pearl Farm is No. 1 on the official Icelandic bestseller list. Following closely behind at No. 2 is Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X, the fourth Fabian Risk novel.

The June bestseller lists in Norway

June’s official bestseller lists in Norway have Jo Nesbø appear at the top of the hardcover one, claiming the No. 1 spot with Knife. Nesbø also makes an appearance at No. 5 on the paperback list with Macbeth. Returning to the hardcover category, the last position in the top 5 goes to Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Magician’s Tome.

Jørn Lier Horst features also on the paperback list, coming in at No. 1 with The Innermost Room. Lars Kepler’s Lazarus is No. 2 in the same category.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Week 25’s (June 17-23) Swedish bestseller list for e-books sees Fredrik Backman make yet another appearance with Anxious People, which comes in at No. 5.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jo Nesbø’s Knife is No. 1 on the hardcover list also this week, claiming the No. 1 spot on the e-book list too. Nesbø makes an appearance on the paperback list as well, where his Macbeth is No. 5. Jørn Lier Horst similarly lays claim to multiple spots on the weekly lists, starting with No. 4 on the hardcover one, where Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ feature with their latest activity book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series: The Search for the Magician’s Tome. Smoke Screen, the just published second installment in Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Blix & Ramm series, is No. 2 in e-book. Lastly, Horst’s The Innermost Room is No. 3 on the paperback list. It is joined by another long-term bestseller, Lars Kepler’s Lazarus, which is No. 2 on the same list.

‘The Hills’ on New York Times’ Paperback Row

The New York Times Book Review has selected Matias Faldbakken’s The Hills as one of six titles on this week’s Paperback Row, a feature which lists the newspaper’s recommendations of new paperbacks to check out.

Maja Säfström No. 1 in Sweden

Maja Säfström’s newest title, Amazing Facts About Baby Animals, is No. 1 on Bokus’ bestseller list covering all genres and formats. Bokus is one of Sweden’s biggest online book retailers.

Trailer release for ‘438 Days’

In 2011 two Swedish journalists put everything at stake by illegally crossing the border from Somalia into Ethiopia. Their intention was to report on how the ruthless hunt for oil effected the population of the isolated and conflict-ridden Ogaden region, but they were instead shot and captured by the Ethiopian army and subsequently sentenced to 11 years in prison. Having endured 438 days in captivity, they were pardoned and released.

438 Days is directed by Jesper Ganslandt and written by Peter Birro. The journalists are portrayed by Matias Varela and Gustaf Skarsgård.

438 Days is produced by Miso Film and the theatrical release date for Sweden is set for August 30th.

Katrine Engberg and Fredrik Backman on the Swedish bestseller lists

Katrine Engberg’s just published The Tenant is No. 3 on the official Swedish bestseller list for audiobooks, and Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People appears at spot No. 4 on the list for e-books.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jo Nesbø’s Knife continues to stay at the top, the novel comes in at No. 1 both in hardcover and in e-book this week as well. On the hardcover list we also see Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ latest activity book for children, The Search for the Magician’s Tome, appearing at No. 4.

Lars Kepler grabs the No. 1 placement on the paperback list with Lazarus, and Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room nabs spot No. 2.

Lastly, on the children’s bestseller list Operation Sable Forest by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes appear at spot No. 3.

Photo: Johan EL Eriksson & Pierre Björk

‘Easy Money’ becomes a Netflix original series

Today Netflix announced Easy Money, a brand new six-part original series from acclaimed screenwriter Oscar Söderlund and bestselling author Jens Lapidus.

The new Netflix original series is set in the buzzing start-up scene of Stockholm and takes place ten years after the events of the feature film Easy Money - Life Deluxe (2013). The hunger for status and money is stronger than ever and the criminal world has become even more brutal, chaotic and ruthless. When the criminal and business worlds collide, loyalty, friendships and partners will all be tested in the never-ending quest for easy money.

Tesha Crawford, Director of International Originals Northern Europe: “We are so excited to announce this new Swedish series and to bring the world from this much loved movie back to life in a fresh and exciting way. To do this, we are fortunate to work with some amazing Swedish creatives. We have full confidence in Oscar and Jens and their vision for this new chapter of Easy Money and we have an incredibly strong partner in SF Studios.”

The much-awaited TV series is produced by SF Studios and will be shot in Sweden during 2020.

‘Dusk to Dawn Part III’ to be released tomorrow

Dusk to Dawn Part III, the third and final installment in Mr. Tophat’s epic debut album Dusk to Dawn, is set to be released tomorrow, June 21st. The three-hour-long debut trilogy Dusk to Dawn has already earned Mr. Tophat international critical recognition, and features some unforgettable collaborations with long-time friend Robyn, Axel Boman, Kleerup Lune, and more. Starting tomorrow, you will find the entire suite available on all digital music platforms and as three double LPs or a triple CD.

“Dark, luxuriously twisted. /…/ Visionary, exhausting, Dusk to Dawn is an extraordinary experience.”
-Mojo, UK

“Mr. Tophat doesn’t push boundaries, he vaults over them to wander into the void beyond.”
-Mixmag, US

“Mr. Tophat possesses the cultural status that Swedish House Mafia can only dream of.”
-DN, Sweden

‘The Caveman’ nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Caveman, the third installment in the William Wisting Quartet, is nominated for the French literary award the 2019 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. Founded in 1948 by author and literary critic Maurice-Bernard Endrèbe, it is the most prestigious award for crime and detective fiction in France. Two prizes are awarded annually: one to the best French novel, and one to the best international crime novel published that year. This is the second consecutive year that Horst is nominated: The Hunting Dogs was nominated in 2018.

The winning authors and titles will be announced in September.

‘Smoke Screen’ published in Norway

An explosion rocks the city of Oslo on New Year’s Eve and Norway is put on terror alert. Among the wounded is someone Alexander Blix knows well. Ruth-Kristine Smeplass is the mother of 2-year-old Patricia, kidnapped ten years ago. Blix was heavily involved in the investigation all those years back, but no trace could be found of the missing girl. As the case gains public attention once more, news blogger Emma Ramm is intrigued by the unsolved mystery. Blix and Ramm both set out to penetrate the smoke screen that’s been put up to cover the truth behind Patricia’s abduction.

Smoke Screen is the second installment in Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s bestselling Blix & Ramm series.