Join us for the Season's Premiere of Dr Who Series 8: Deep Breath

Join us Saturday Aug 23 at 9 pm at Fyrisbiografen, Uppsala, for the Season's Premiere of Dr Who.

Enjoy the feature-length premiere episode of Series 8: Deep Breath, featuring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. 80 min episode and 15 min extra material, only shown in theatres. Episode is in English with no subtitles.

Tickets: 140:-, only at The English Bookshop. Limited seating and no reservations, first come, first served, so get your tickets today!

Doors open 8.20, seating is unnumbered and goodies will be on sale.

Dressing up is not frowned upon.

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Doctor Who Series 8: Deep Breath

Books of the month for August

Nathan Filer - Shock of the Fall

General Fiction: Nathan Filer – Shock of the Fall

Winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award! 'I'll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name's Simon. I think you're going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he'll be dead. And he was never the same after that.' The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man's descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

Alex Grecian – The Yard (Murder Squad Novel #1)

British Crime: Alex Grecian – The Yard (Murder Squad Novel #1)

1890, London.  Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror is finally over, but a new one is just beginning…Victorian London is a cesspool of crime and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives – known as “The Murder Squad” – to investigate countless murders every month.  Created after the Metropolitan police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt.  They have failed their citizens.  But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own…one of twelve…

Christopher Irvin – Federales

Tough Crime: Christopher Irvin – Federales

Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena dedicated his life to the job. But in a country where white knights die meaningless deaths, martyred in a hole with fifty other headless bodies in the desert, corruption is not an attribute but a scale; no longer a stigma but the status quo.

When Marcos’s life is threatened, he leaves law enforcement and his life in Mexico City behind for a coastal resort town—until an old friend asks him to look after an outspoken politician, a woman who knows cartel violence all too well. Despite his best efforts, Marcos can’t find it in his heart to refuse, and soon finds himself isolated on the political front lines of the war on drugs.

Inspired by true events, Federales is a story of survivors’ compulsive devotion to a cause in the face of ever-darkening circumstances.

Jay Martel – Channel Blue

Science Fiction: Jay Martel – Channel Blue

Earth used to be Galaxy Entertainment's most lucrative show. The inhabitants of the Western Galaxy – the saviest, richest demographic in the Milky Way – just couldn't get enough of the day-to-day details of the average Earthling's live.

But Channel Blue's ratings are flagging and its producers are planning a spectacular finale. In just three weeks, their TV show will go out with a bang. The trouble is, so will Earth.

Only one man can save our planet and he's hardly a likely hero...

Arianne 'Tex' Thompson – One Night in Sixes

Fantasy: Arianne 'Tex' Thompson – One Night in Sixes

Appaloosa Elim is a man who knows his place. On a good day, he's content with it. Today is not a good day. Today, his so called 'partner' - that lily-white lordling Sil Halfwick - has ridden off west for the border, hell-bent on making a name for himself in native territory. And Elim, whose place is written in the bastard browns and whites of his cow-spotted face, doesn't dare show up home again without him.

The border town called Sixes is quiet in the heat of the day, but Elim's heard the stories about what wakes at sunset: gunslingers and shapeshifters and ancient animal gods whose human faces never outlast the daylight. And about the only thing worse than finding whatever's left of Sil is the thought of getting caught out after dark - of discovering how much magic is living in Elim's own flesh, and how far he'll go to survive the night.

Jamie Schulz – Premonitions

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: Jamie Schulz – Premonitions

It’s the kind of score Karyn Ames has always dreamed of—enough to set her crew up pretty well and, more important, enough to keep her safely stocked on a very rare, very expensive black market drug. Without it, Karyn hallucinates slices of the future until they totally overwhelm her, leaving her unable to distinguish the present from the mess of certainties and possibilities yet to come.

The client behind the heist is Enoch Sobell, a notorious crime lord with a reputation for being ruthless and exacting—and a purported practitioner of dark magic. Sobell is almost certainly condemned to Hell for a magically extended lifetime full of shady dealings. Once you’re in business with him, there’s no backing out.

Karyn and her associates are used to the supernatural and the occult, but their target is more than just the usual family heirloom or cursed necklace. It’s a piece of something larger. Something sinister.

Karyn’s crew and even Sobell himself are about to find out just how powerful it is… and how powerful it may yet become.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Yellow Wall-Paper, Herland & Selected Stories

Classic of the Month: Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Yellow Wall-Paper, Herland & Selected Stories

First published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women's physical and mental health.

M Molly Backes – The Princesses of Iowa

Teen reading: M Molly Backes – The Princesses of Iowa

Paige Sheridan has the perfect life. She's pretty, rich, and popular, and her spot on the homecoming court is practically guaranteed. But when a night of partying ends in an it-could-have-been-so-much worse crash, everything changes. Her best friends start ignoring her, her boyfriend grows cold and distant, and her once-adoring younger sister now views her with contempt. The only bright spot is her creative writing class, led by a charismatic new teacher who encourages students to be true to themselves. But who is Paige, if not the homecoming princess everyone expects her to be? In this arresting and witty debut, a girl who was once high-school royalty must face a truth that money and status can't fix, and choose between living the privileged life of a princess, or owning up to her mistakes and giving up everything she once held dear.

Today is the 85th birthday of our great friend Samuel Charters

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Samuel Charters, Ann Charters. Beat Thing! at Uppsala English Bookshop

Today is the 85th birthday of our great friend Samuel Charters, legendary music historian,  writer,  record producer,  musician,  and poet. Over the last couple of decades Sam and his gracious wife Ann have often read at our bookshops, both together and separately. Sam's readings often tend to end with dancing. One of the magical moments was when Sam read from his book The Day is So Long and the Wages So Small about his trip in 1958 to the island of Andros to try to track down and record a legendary mysterious guitarist. You could hear a pin drop when he finally turned on the tape and let us hear the music.
Congratulations Sam - and here's to many more!

Samuel Charters in the bookshop

We love to have Samuel and Ann Charters as our guests:

Books of the month for July

David Leavitt – Two Hotel Francforts

General Fiction: David Leavitt – Two Hotel Francforts

It is the summer of 1940, and Lisbon, Portugal, is the only neutral port left in Europe—a city filled with spies, crowned heads, and refugees of every nationality, tipping back absinthe to while away the time until their escape. Awaiting safe passage to New York on the SS Manhattan, two couples meet: Pete and Julia Winters, expatriate Americans fleeing their sedate life in Paris; and Edward and Iris Freleng, sophisticated, independently wealthy, bohemian, and beset by the social and sexual anxieties of their class. As Portugal’s neutrality, and the world’s future, hang in the balance, the hidden threads in the lives of these four characters—Julia’s status as a Jew, Pete and Edward’s improbable affair, Iris’s increasingly desperate efforts to save her tenuous marriage—begin to come loose. This journey will change their lives irrevocably, as Europe sinks into war.

Ian Sansom – The Norfolk Mystery

British Crime: Ian Sansom – The Norfolk Mystery

Love Miss Marple? Adore Holmes and Watson? Professor Morley's guide to Norfolk is a story of bygone England; quaint villages, eccentric locals - and murder! It is 1937 and disillusioned Spanish Civil War veteran Stephen Sefton is stony broke. So when he sees a mysterious advertisement for a job where 'intelligence is essential', he applies. Thus begins Sefton's association with Professor Swanton Morley, an omnivorous intellect.A must-read for fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, every county is a crime scene, and with 39 counties in store there'll be plenty of murder, mystery and mayhem to confound and entertain you for years to come.

C. J. Box – The Highway

Tough Crime: C. J. Box – The Highway

When two sisters set out across a remote stretch of Montana road to visit their friend, little do they know it will be the last time anyone might ever hear from them again. The girls—and their car—simply vanish.  Former police investigator Cody Hoyt has just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety.  Convinced by his son and his former rookie partner, Cassie Dewell, he begins the drive south to the girls’ last known location.  As Cody makes his way to the lonely stretch of Montana highway where they went missing, Cassie discovers that Gracie and Danielle Sullivan aren’t the first girls who have disappeared in this area.  This majestic landscape is the hunting ground for a killer whose viciousness is outmatched only by his intelligence.

Ben Bova – New Earth

Science Fiction: Ben Bova – New Earth

The entire world is thrilled by the discovery of a new Earthlike planet. Advance imaging shows that the planet has oceans of liquid water and a breathable oxygen-rich atmosphere. Eager to gain more information, a human exploration team is soon dispatched to explore the planet, now nicknamed New Earth.

All of the explorers understand that they are essentially on a one-way mission. The trip takes eighty years each way, so even if they are able to get back to Earth, nearly 200 years will have elapsed. They will have aged only a dozen years thanks to cryonic suspension, but their friends and family will be gone and the very society that they once knew will...

J. Kathleen Cheney – Golden City

Fantasy: J. Kathleen Cheney – Golden City

For two years, Oriana Paredes has been a spy among the social elite of the Golden City, reporting back to her people, the sereia, sea folk banned from the city’s shores….

When her employer and only confidante decides to elope, Oriana agrees to accompany her to Paris. But before they can depart, the two women are abducted and left to drown. Trapped beneath the waves, Oriana survives because of her heritage, but she is forced to watch her only friend die. Vowing vengeance, Oriana crosses paths with Duilio Ferreira—a police consultant who has been investigating the disappearance of a string of servants from the city’s wealthiest homes. Duilio also has a secret: He is a seer and his gifts have led him to Oriana. Bound by their secrets, not trusting each other completely yet having no choice but to work together, Oriana and Duilio must expose a twisted plot of magic so dark that it could cause the very fabric of history to come undone….

Chloe Neill – Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1)

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: Chloe Neill – Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1)

They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker–and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead. Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude–and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone?s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war–and there will be blood.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Herland & Selected Stories

Classic of the Month: Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Herland & Selected Stories

Written in 1915, this text is about three male explorers and the utopian female society they stumble upon. This is a community where war, famine and other "man-made" disasters do not exist.

Walter Dean Myers – Darius & Twig

Teen reading: Walter Dean Myers – Darius & Twig

Darius and Twig are an unlikely pair: Darius is a writer whose only escape is his alter ego, a peregrine falcon named Fury, and Twig is a middle-distance runner striving for athletic success. But they are drawn together in the struggle to overcome the obstacles that life in Harlem throws at them. The two friends must face down bullies, an abusive uncle, and the idea that they'll be stuck in the same place forever.

Book launch - The Year in Stockholm

Book launch The Year in Stockholm

In his new book, The Year in Stockholm, the author Kim Loughran shows us Stockholm in a new and different way. Through the four seasons we get to know the city and the people who live here. He tells us about the beauty of the islands that it is built upon and the surrounding water. But he also tells us about the inhabitants and their daily life and curious habits.

With an abundance of beautiful photos this is the perfect book for anyone interested in Stockholm.

Kim Loughran was born in Australia. Since then he has lived in many countries and he is now a Swedish citizen. His previous book The Year in Sweden has been, and still is, a great success.
 
Meet Kim Loughran Tuesday 24 June from 17.00 at The English Bookshop, Lilla Nygatan 11, Gamla Stan

Welcome!

Happy Midsummer!

Glad midsommar

The bookshops in Uppsala and Stockholm are closed for midsummer, Friday 20th–Sunday 22nd. Enjoy the holiday!

Saturday Sidewalk Supersale!

UPPSALA Tomorrow morning, Saturday June 14, on the sidewalk in front of our little corner shop your minds will be blown (but not your wallets)!!!

We're chucking out loads and loads of really good titles we need to get rid of (shop's a little TOO charmingly cluttered of late) - and (and I'm going to shout now) THE PRICES ARE AMAZING!

Any 1 book for 20 kronor. (Dirt cheap, I know but wait...)
Any 4 books for 50 kronor. (Wow! That's cheap, but hold on... )
Any 10 books for 100 kronor. (Say what????)

Yes - sale is on Saturday only, and while stocks last and we still have strength.

Why does it start at 10:05? Well - that's because we've drawn 4 lucky schools among our favourites and they get to pick 20 free books each for their school libraries starting 10:00. So, a slight head start.

Because we LOVE school libraries and always do what we can to support them.

SO - go home and sleep now and set your alarms bright and early.
Bring a little money and a trolley.

Saturday Sidewalk Supersale 20140614, Uppsala English Bookshop

Summer Evening Poetry

Poetry on a Summer Evening

Welcome to an evening with poetry at The English Bookshop!

Helene Polite will talk about and read from the poetry of Allen Polite and Maketa Smith-Groves will read from her collection Red Hot on a Silver Note.

Snacks and refreshments will be served. 

Event is open to everyone. No RSVP required.

Stockholm Tuesday June 10 at 19.00
Uppsala Tuesday June 17 at 19.00

Click Read more to... read more about the poets.

Books of the month for June

Kevin Kwan – Crazy Rich Asians

General Fiction: Kevin Kwan – Crazy Rich Asians
Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian jet set; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money - and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

Andrew Martin – Night Train to Jamalpur

British Crime: Andrew Martin – Night Train to Jamalpur
Jamalpur is our book of the month for June. India, 1923. On the broiling Night Mail from Calcutta to Jamalpur, a man is shot dead in a first class compartment. Detective Inspector Jim Stringer was sleeping in the next compartment along. Was he the intended target?

Greg Iles – Natchez Burning

Tough Crime: Greg Iles – Natchez Burning
Growing up in the rural Southern hamlet of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned everything he knows about honor and duty from his father, Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor and pillar of the community is accused of murdering Violet Turner, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s. A fighter who has always stood for justice, Penn is determined to save his father, even though Tom, stubbornly evoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to speak up in his own defense.

Rich in Southern atmosphere and electrifying plot turns, Natchez Burning marks the brilliant return of a genuine American master of suspense. Tense and disturbing, it is the most explosive, exciting, sexy, and ambitious story Greg Iles has written yet.

John Barnes – Directive 51

Science Fiction: John Barnes – Directive 51
Part philosophic discussion, part international terrorist faction, and part artists’ movement, “Daybreak” consists of a group of diverse people with radical ideas who are united in their desire to take down modern civilization. And when they strike, the government has no choice but to implement its emergency contingency program: Directive 51.

Graham Edwards – Talus and the Frozen King

Fantasy: Graham Edwards – Talus and the Frozen King
A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travellers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit.

In a time before our own, wandering bard Talus and his companion Bran journey to the island realm of Creyak, where the king has been murdered.

Creyak is a place of secrets and spirits, mystery and myth. It will take a clever man indeed to unravel the truth. The kind of man this ancient world has not seen before.

Richelle Mead – Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1)

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: Richelle Mead – Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1)
The truth is, when you banish the gods from the world, they eventually come back – with a vengeance.

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March is a former investigator of religious groups who was sent into exile after a failed job, a fate that has left the brilliant servitor bitter and free to indulge his addictive personality.  Suddenly, Justin is sent home to the Republic of United North America (RUNA) with a peculiar assignment – to solve a string of ritualistic murders steeped in seemingly unexplainable phenomena.

George Eliot – Romola

Classic of the Month: George Eliot – Romola
There is no book of mine about which I more thoroughly feel that I swear by every sentence as having been written with my best blood'

Wrote George Eliot of Romola, the novel which argues her most profound and utopian vision of the position of women. Romola's patient subservience to her scholar-father Bardo, her unhappy marriage to supple and treacherous Tito, and her passionate intellectual and spiritual awakening take place in Renaissance Florence which, like Victorian Britain, was caught up in a period of ferment and transition.

Romola appeared in 1862-3 to high praise by Victorians from Tennyson and Trollope to Henry James, and discerning modern readers will recognize it as George Eliot's first mature masterpiece. In her introduction to this new edition, Dorothea Barrett explores the issues of gender and learning, desire and scholarship, and the interweaving of history and fiction which she identifies at the centre of the novel.

E. Lockhart – We Were Liars

Teen reading: E. Lockhart – We Were Liars
We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.We are cracked and broken. A story of love and romance. A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?

Storytelling for Children - Saturday 7 June

Stan loves spending the day with Gran. She makes him pancakes, plays football and reads stories.
So it’s a disaster when one day her front-door key gets lost.
How does Stan save the day?

Listen to the whole intriguing story at 11 o’clock on 7th June at the English Bookshop in Uppsala!

Stan and his Gran by Sarah Garland

Storytelling for Children at The English Bookshop in Uppsala, Stockholm

New Fiction 20140822

Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests
Trade Paperback
Haruki Murakami
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Hardback
Keir Alexander
The Ruby Slippers
Paperback
Alan Warner
Their Lips Talk of Mischief
Trade Paperback
Margaret Atwood
Maddadam (Maddaddam #3)
Paperback
Julie Lawson Timmer
Five Days Left
Trade Paperback

New Mystery 20140712

John Lawton
Then We Take Berlin
Paperback
Simon Brett
Blotto, Twinks and the Riddle of the Sphinx
Paperback
Stuart Neville
Final Silence
Trade Paperback

New Non-Fiction 20140712

Michael Wigan
The Salmon : The Extraordinary Story of the King of Fish
Paperback
Robert Wainwright
Sheila: The Australian Ingenue Who Bewitched British Society
Paperback
A. N. Wilson
Dante in Love
Paperback

New Fantasy/SF 20140711

Carey, Mike , Carey, Linda , Carey, Louise
The House of War and Witness
Hardback
Joe Abercrombie
Half a King
Trade Paperback
Hannu Rajaniemi
The Casual Angel
Trade Paperback

New Fiction 20140630

Caitlin Moran
How to Build a Girl
Trade Paperback
Jessie Burton
The Miniaturist
Hardback
Susan Barker
The Incarnations
Trade Paperback

What We're Reading

Life After Life

Not only is this the winner of the Costa award - it is also a very good read and a remarkable book! My first impressions were that the book is like a cross between Groundhog Day and Sliding Doors - and so it is! But Life after Life is so much more, it's the story of a girl who somehow can live her life over again and by changing small details manage to change major events, not necessarily to history, but to her own life, and those close to her - but some things are too difficult to change no matter how many times you try.  

Gone Girl

OK, I'm about a year or two after everyone else - I normally don't like over-hyped books. But wow, this one is well worth the hype! Gillian Flynn manages to twist and turn things around, leaving the reader suspecting but at the same time completely uprepared for the next turn of events. Masterly!

Etiquette and Espionage

This is a wonderful Victorian humorous romp - a steampunk Harry Potter with extra lace, bodices and other fashion accessories.  

I Capture the Castle

I am a great fan of Dodie Smith's lovely children's book One hundred and one Dalmatians, and have been curious to read something else by her for a long time. This is a completely different novel, but equally good.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

A heartwarming and endearing book about recent OAP Harold Fry, who one day gets a letter from an old friend saying she's dying of cancer in Berick-upon-Tweed. Struck by this he goes down the road to post a letter, and then just continues to walk, thinking that as long as he's walking to see her, she will not die. He has no proper walking shoes, no maps, no compass, no waterproof clothes, just a will to see Queenie Hennesy again, talk to her, and to save her life.

The Uninvited Guests

This is an unususal and quite pleasant combination of a psychological chamber-drama, a ghost story and an Edwardian love story. Sometimes one is blown away by the lovely descriptions of clothes and old buildings and family history, and then suddenly the suspense creeps up and is quite breath-taking. A lovely, cosy book - with that extra twist - for dark autumn nights.

Beautiful Ruins

Another wonderful book by Jess Walter!

El Gavilan

I love small publishers; you can find some true gems on their lists; a voice you would never have heard otherwise. El Gavilan is a bleak crime novel set in Ohio with the topic being latino immigration and racism  - both personal and institutional. It is gripping and well written and makes you think. What more can you ask? I'm not entirely certain I like how the book pans out but at the same time I'm not sure I was supposed to! Recommended!

Black Light

I've had this book lying around for quite a while and just picked it up to brush up on Liz Hand's work before her visit in the shop on September 8. This is vintage Hand; dark, gothic, filled with historical and literary references and allusions as well as youth angst, drugs, sex and well darkness. It is VERY well written and quite captivating. The film tangent reminded me of Flicker for some reason. I liked it! (Oh and it's not in print at the moment, but drop us a line and we'll get you a nice second-hand copy if you're interested. You should be...)

Charlie Hood

Over the last 2 weeks I've reacquainted myself with one of my favourite writers; T. Jefferson Parker. He's been writing excellent Southern California crime writing for almost 30 years since his debut in 1985 with Laguna Heat. Lately his writing has been very much about a young police officer named Charlie Hood. I have just broken one of my long standing rules, which is do NOT read several books by the same author in a row. I have found in the past that this will almost always effectively make you disenchanted with that author.

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