Wonderful news! Sonata for Miriam now released in Czech Republic. Thank you to my publisher¬†Nakladatelstv√≠ VyŇ°ehrad¬†and to my translator Jana Chmura SvatoŇ°ov√°.
I wish I had seen this very thoughtful review of my third novel in Landfall much earlier. I remember feeling very vulnerable. This would have been such comfort.
As it is now, too, of course.
It feels strange to have two novels published at the same time, but at two ends of the earth.
‘The Blackbird Sings at Dusk’ was published in New Zealand 5 May and is now No. 2 on the chart for New Zealand fiction:
And at the same time ‘A sister in my house’ was published in Sweden and is presently No. 4:
At that difficult last stage. Manuscript submitted, have edited and incorporated comments, but still waiting for a final approval. The hardest time. Meanwhile, I listen to more music that features in¬†the novel: Lluis LLach, ‘Bresssol de tots els blaus’¬†(The cradle of all blue).¬†¬†And I wait, apprehensive, hoping for the best.
‘Au premier chant du merle’ (The blackbird sings at dusk’) will be released by my French publisher Archipel on February 10, 2016. It is already visible here and there … and the final cover design is great.
Je croise les doigts!
Still in Stockholm. It is warmer than ever. And very dark. No white Christmas.
A lot to write, but it feels good.
This time, we have a cover and we have a title, it’s just up to me to finish the manuscript.
A sister in my house
One Sister have I in our house,
And one, a hedge away.
There’s only one recorded,
But both belong to me.
Very excited about the upcoming release of ‘The Blackbird sings at dusk’ (I skymningen sjunger koltrasten) in France. The title will be ‘Au premier chant du merle’ and the book will contain a list of the music that features in the book. I love the care that my French publisher, Editions Archipel is taking. Very happy with the cover, too.
And here is some of the music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEMOkAW7y4Y
When you go off to make a presentation it is always with butterflies in your stomach. You have no idea what to expect. A full house, or a handful of dedicated fans. Tonight was one of those special evenings ¬†when everything seemed to come together. An audience of thoughtful, well-read active readers with interesting questions and comments. Thank you all: staff at Solna Library, and readers. It is always about the readers. Thank you. And a special thank you for the beautiful wooden blackbird! ¬†One of the most considerate gifts I have received.
Ever so slowly, it is beginning to stir. I am tentatively calling it Two daughters by the aged stream,¬†the title of an aria for two sopranos by Purcell. As always, the music helps.