Hur man närmar sig ett träd

Hur man närmar sig ett träd How to Approach a Tree

I knew from the day I carried the bags up the stairs on Chepstow Road, that I had to write this guidebook on how to go about doing something when you don’t know how to go about doing it. I knew that I’d want to have these pages as a reference the next time I was thinking of just this. How do you approach a tree? How do you come up with a brand new tune? How do you write lyrics and what do you write about? What subject do you choose to focus on? Which one of all the events in my life is worth putting down on paper? What happens to a person who with fabricated resistance explores his most personal thoughts and secrets, and then gets up on stage in front of thousands of people to sing about them? What happens to a person on his journey between these two extremes? I’ll be using this guidebook as a reminder, a source of comfort – as a warning perhaps. Maybe I could be seen as a word of warning. A book of warning – that’s what it is; an alarm report.


  • “…and I am altogether Eva’s as soon as she draws her breath and starts speaking for real. During several episodes completely overwhelmed.”

    Eskilstuna Kuriren, Sweden

  • “Eva Dahlgren surprises with liberating, lovely self-irony and good prose.”

    Stockholm City, Sweden

  • “At times it is pure poetry, at times it simply damn funny…”

    Borås Tidning, Sweden

  • “Perhaps that which surprises me most about How to Approach a Tree is that Eva Dahlgren is so funny.”

    Katrineholms-Kuriren, Sweden

  • “As far as I know Eva Dahlgren does not blog, but she ought to – not least because this book has exactly that blend of directness, self-exposure, distinction, contemporary feel and elegance which characterizes the best blog writers.”

    Sydsvenskan, Sweden

  • “It is a beautiful book, a book to return to and read several times.”

    Smålands-Tidningen, Sweden

  • “This is a book containing many thoughts and dimensions that one can definitely return to more than once. I think you would discover new things each time.”

    Norbottenskuriren, Sweden

  • “The book feels tenderly self-exposing, it is more about the person than the musician, and portrays a process of thought and feeling more than how the songs were written and performed.”

    Bibliotekstjänst, Sweden

  • “The book is well worth reading and has a very humane feel to it. I believe a lot of people can identify with the emotions and thoughts on life that she lets the reader share.”

    Stridsropet, Sweden

  • How to Approach a Tree is a painful, pleasure-filled account of how one approaches a record. An artist’s self-portrait that in details accounts for the painful path of creating, the search for an expression that is true. It is far from Idol. It is near Eva Dahlgren.”

    Leva!, Sweden

Photo: Mattias Edwall Eva Dahlgren
  • Non-fiction
Reading material

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Finland, WSOY

Norway, Pantagruel

Sweden, Piratförlaget

More From Eva Dahlgren

Lars & Urban