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A sister in my house – discussion topics for book clubs

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

PenguinRandomHouse has developed these rather thoughtful discussion topics for book clubs:


Au premier chant du merle

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

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:


An enchanted evening

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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.

On the road with the blackbird

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Time to travel again. Back to Europe. Sweden, Norway and Denmark. All to do with the release of my latest novel, The blackbird sings at dusk. 

Looking forward to being there, not to the journey.

kun_mustarastas_laulaa96268 solsorten_283473 I skumringen synger svarttrosten


Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

I know you are supposed to say that ¬†reviews don’t matter. That you never even read them. I must admit, though, that to me they do matter, and I do read them. When Sonata for Miriam was just published and Boston blogger called it a four-star turkey it did hurt. And no matter how many excellent reviews my book received, that single bad one has stayed in my mind. In the fragile final stages of writing my fourth novel, tentatively titled¬†The blackbird sings at dusk,¬†it was comforting and encouraging to see this blog comment on¬†The Memory of love:¬†Basso Profundo.


The Memory of Love_US cover



Short stories

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Having a nostalgic swim through the still sea of saved short stories. A folder seldom opened. I reread and I alternately squirm and marvel. ‘Oh, no, did I write that?’ and ‘Oh. Did I really write that!?’ ¬†One particular story left me moved. I am not really sure if it is a short story… But it is short. And it is a story, a fictional interview with Franz Kafta, written several years ago. It makes such sense to me now. When I wrote it, the questions were overshadowing the answers, I think. Or perhaps not. Perhaps I just needed time to accept the insights.

‘You know, I never did come to terms with anything in my life. And the fact is that for me, the writing didn‚Äôt help at all. Rather the opposite, I think, when I look back. It removed me from the real life. It took away all the things other people have: family, work, even my health. And it never provided any answers for me.’ Franz Kafka



Why flamingos? Well, you will have to wait and read the story. If/when it is published.

The Nobel Prize for literature 2013

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Alice Munro was number two on my list of candidates for the Nobel Prize for literature (Paul Auster has been my favourite for years). I am so very pleased for her sake, of course. And also for the sake of Canadian literature – I live in another Commonwealth country whose literature is largely ignored internationally, New Zealand – and for the sake of the short story genre. Congratulations!

alice munro

Now that it will likely be some time before another author from the American continent will be chosen, may I here propose Maurice Gee, a New Zealand writer of great distinction whose works portray this distant small country and the people who inhabit it with warmth and passion. To explore this wealth of wonderful stories, begin with ‘Plumb’ …

Maruice Gee

Finally, tangible proof!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

The free copies of the Russian edition of ¬†‘Let me sing you gentle songs’ ¬†finally arrived in the mail!


New Agent

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

I am very pleased to announce that I am now represented by Partners in Stories, a brand new agency based in Stockholm and headed by Jonas Axelsson, formerly head of fiction at Albert Bonniers Förlag. I now hope for a long period of peace of mind to focus on finishing my fourth novel.

From here on, please, direct all rights enquiries  to Jonas Axelsson,


Dear neglected blog

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

I have not abandoned you. I have just been overwhelmed by life. Soon I will again travel across the world, back to the other side. This half life of mine will continue. And now I am beginning to wonder if I have become too adjusted to it to ever be able to settle properly anywhere. My new home here in Auckland gives me some comfort. I have my own things around me for the first time in four years. Yet it feels strangely transient, temporary. It will be interesting to see how it will appear to me from a distance… Hopefully, I will be able to resume more regular visits to my blog once I am back in Stockholm.