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Ulf Lundell

Ulf Lundell (b. 1949) is arguably one of Sweden’s most influential cultural figures. Composer, songwriter, musician, artist and poet, Ulf Lundell is also a widely read novelist. His debut novel Jack landed like a bomb in the dull literary landscape of the 70s, became an immediate bestseller, and has continued to inspire generations of readers since, giving Scandinavia a Kerouac of its own in the process. Though his themes have changed and grown in complexity over the years, Lundell’s writing retains the freshness that once earned him cult status: free-spirited and bursting with emotion, associative and immediate, his novels speak of what it is to be human.

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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.

‘Weekdays’ one of Dagens Nyheter’s Best Books of 2018

Sweden’s leading newspaper Dagens Nyheter has chosen Ulf Lundell’s Weekdays as one of their Best Books of 2018. Literary critic Björn Wiman calls it “indubitably the best that [Lundell] has written in many years. /.../ Spellbinding.”

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.

Leif GW Persson dominates the July bestseller lists in Sweden

Leif GW Persson’s just published biography Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career dominates the Swedish bestseller lists for the month of July. Persson claims the No. 1 spot on three lists in total: the nonfiction one, the audiobook one and the e-book one.

Ulf Lundell makes yet another repeat appearance on the hardcover list, coming in at No. 3 with Weekdays. Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1793 also reappears on the lists, placing No. 2 on the paperback list and No. 4 on the e-book list.

Sofi Oksanen and Ulf Lundell nominated for The New Academy Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature will not be awarded by the Swedish Academy this year. In the wake of that, a new academy has been formed to award an international literary prize.

Sofi Oksanen and Ulf Lundell are both nominated for The New Academy Prize in Literature. The list of nominees is composed by Swedish librarians. Three authors will be singled out from the voting for a final judging by the expert jury. A fourth author will enter the final entirely based on the nominations from the librarians. Of these authors, two will be female and two will be male. The voting closes on August 14th. The winner will be announced on October 14th and presented at a formal event on December 10th.

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Ulf Lundell, Leif GW Persson, Niklas Natt och Dag and Jo Nesbø on the Swedish bestseller lists for June

Ulf Lundell’s Weekdays continues to feature heavily at the top of the official Swedish bestseller list, and on June’s hardcover list it comes in at No. 5. New on the list is Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career coming in at No. 1 on the audio- and e-book lists, and No. 2 on the non-fiction list. On the paperback list, Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1793 comes in at No. 4 and it holds spot No. 3 on the e-book list. Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst is No. 4 on the audiobook list.

Ulf Lundell, Niklas Natt och Dag and Jo Nesbø on the Swedish bestseller lists

Ulf Lundell’s Weekdays is No. 4 on this week’s official Swedish bestseller list for hardcovers. On the paperback list, Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1793 likewise comes in at No. 4, as does Jo Nesbø on the audiobook list, where The Thirst is No. 4.

Anders Roslund, Niklas Natt och Dag and Ulf Lundell on the Swedish bestseller lists for May

Anders Roslund’s thrilling Three Hours continues to feature heavily in the top of the official Swedish bestseller lists, and on May’s hardcover list it comes in at No. 2. Niklas Natt och Dag makes a double appearance with his 1793, which is No. 4 on both the paperback and e-book lists. Ulf Lundell’s just published Weekdays claims the No. 5 spot on the e-book list.

Ulf Lundell and Niklas Natt och Dag on the Swedish bestseller lists

On this week’s Swedish bestseller list, Ulf Lundell’s Weekdays, comes in at No. 5 on the list for hardcovers and No. 2 on the list for e-books. Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1793 stays on the paperback list, coming in at No. 5.

‘Weekdays’ No. 1 in Sweden

Ulf Lundell’s new novel Weekdays has gone straight to No. 1 on the bestseller list of Adlibris, one of the biggest online book retailers in Sweden.

‘Weekdays’ published in Sweden

Weekdays. Yesterdays. Laters. Presents. Life. Living. Ageing. Death. Life and death and life again. The memories. The road. The ageing. The halting. The body and soul. House and home. Work. The wine. The wind. The car-driving. The walking. The country. The sickness. The here and not there. The moments lived and the moments still left. The cranes. The love. The company. The loneliness. The emptiness. Weekdays. Those that were. Those that are. Those to come. She, who was there. All that was and isn’t anymore.

Weekdays is a collection of excerpts from Ulf Lundell’s personal diary. Music, family life, writing, nature, politics, health, and society: he observes it all in the present, and looks back at even more in the past.