Category Archive: Scandinavian

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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On my way to work tonight I drove through a light swirling of the white stuff and was hoping against hope that on my return journey I might find the fields and hills… Continue reading

Voices and Balconies – the last of the Nordic Noir.

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It’s the time of the year when, on opening the back door to let the sunshine in, it’s not uncommon to find a stray sheep or two grazing on our lawn. Spring has… Continue reading

‘Rupture’ by Ragnar Jonasson – Watch out, it’s contagious!

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If you’ve read my reviews of Snow Blind, Night Blind and Black Out you’ll know that if anything was going to test my book-buying ban, Rupture (translated by Quentin Bates), the latest edition of Ragnar Jónasson’s… Continue reading

#AW80Books: ‘The Man Who Went Up in Smoke’ by Sjowall & Wahloo

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It’s been a while since I read the first novel by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Roseanna, and as I’ve abandoned myself to my current craving for crime, I thought I’d dig out the… Continue reading

Fed up of no snow? Try some Ice with a Slice (of family dysfunction).

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As the nights draws in each year, weather predictions start to appear about the forthcoming winter. The next one is always going to be ‘the big one’ with projections of record-breaking snowfall, plummeting… Continue reading

The Book of my Dreams Is Coming!

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes the news of a forthcoming publication has me thinking ‘Ooo – interesting!’ before searching down the side of the sofa for a pencil to note down… Continue reading

Ashes to ashes: Ragnar Jonasson’s ‘Black Out’

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I discovered Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series (translated into English by Quentin Bates) earlier this year. Frustrated by the lack of winter snow here in grey, wet, West Wales, I revelled in the… Continue reading

Summer Reading

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After having a ‘what the hell is going on with UK politics?’ break from reading, I feel ready to knuckle down to some serious contemplation of my reading aims for the coming month… Continue reading

Escaping to Iceland with Arnaldur Indriðason

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I’ve had the concentration of a goldfish over the past week, so I abandoned all my reading challenges and reached for something less challenging, yet no less brilliant than my usual reading fare.… Continue reading

A History of Peter Høeg’s Dreams

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No one can say Peter Høeg’s books are boring. I have quite a few, both in English and Danish, and I wouldn’t say the English ones are a whole lot easier to understand than… Continue reading