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.
Ulf Lundell continues to reign supreme on the Swedish bestseller lists, and this week Weekdays 4 comes in at No. 1 in both hardcover and e-books.
The bestseller lists for the first week of December see Lars Kepler’s The Mirror Man claim the No.1 spots on the audio and e-book lists, and the No. 2 one on the hardcover list. The No. 5 placement goes to Hans Rosenfeldt’s When Crying Wolf.
New on the paperback list is Stina Jackson, whose just published softcover of The Last Snow is No. 2.
Ulf Lundell claims one of the top placements on the official bestseller list for the month of May in Sweden, where his Weekdays 3 is No. 4 in hardcover and No. 8 in e-book. Stina Jackson also features on the hardcover list, coming in at No. 5 with The Last Snow. The title is also No. 4 in both audio and e-book.
Ulf Lundell’s Weekdays 3 is No. 5 on the hardcover list for week 21 in Sweden, and comes in at No. 6 in e-book. Stina Jackson’s The Last Snow features on the e-book list also, where it is No. 4. The Last Snow makes appearances on the hardcover and audio lists as well, where it is No. 7 and No. 6 respectively. Jackson’s debut title, The Silver Road, is No. 10 in audio.
The Swedish bestseller lists for week 20 see Ulf Lundell claim two No. 2 spots, in hardback and e-book respectively, with his Weekdays 3. Also making multiple appearances this week is Stina Jackson, whose The Last Snow is No. 4 in hardback as well as No. 5 in both the audio and e-book categories. In audio she is accompanied by Arne Dahl who comes in at No. 7 with Freedom, his latest installment in the Berger & Blom series.
Week 19’s official Swedish bestseller lists see Fredrik Backman and Ulf Lundell appear at No. 3 and No. 4 on the hardcover list, Backman taking the former spot with Anxious People, and Lundell the latter with Weekdays 2. Both titles also feature on the ebook list, where Weekdays 2 is No. 3 and Anxious People is No. 5. Roslund & Hellström meanwhile come in at No. 5 on the paperback list with Three Hours.
The official bestseller lists of week 18 (April 29th – May 5th) see Fredrik Backman once more claim the No. 2 spot on the hardcover list with Anxious People. The title also features on the audio and e-book lists, where it comes in at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.
Ulf Lundell makes his debut on the bestseller lists with the just published Weekdays 2, which is No. 3 in hardcover and No. 3 in e-book.
Roslund & Hellström likewise make an appearance with their bestseller Three Hours, which comes in at No. 4 in paperback.
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.
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.”