Not only World Book Day, but World book Weekend!

The Uppsala bookshop is a alive with lots of activites during the weekend.

First we have Storytelling for children with Hannah – Saturday at 11 am in the shop.

Later on Saturday, at 1 pm, at Uppsala Stadsbibliotek – we will meet Josip Novakovich on The Uppsala International Authors Stage. No ticket needed for this event.
Josip Novakovich in the bookshop
Download the poster for the event

Last but not least: Teen Reading group! In the shop, Sunday at 1 pm. This month we're discussing The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini.

Josip Novakovich on The Uppsala International Authors Stage

Concert with Ryan O'Reilly on Saturday the 10th

We have a special treat for you! On Saturday, May 10th, British singer-songwriter Ryan O'Reilly will do a concert in the shop.
No booking necessary, just drop in and listen to the lovely music. Just after closing time, at 16.15 the doors will open again and the concert will begin shortly.

The Ryan O'Reilly Band

Storytelling for Children - Saturday 26 April

The Big Concrete Lorry by Shirley HughesSpring is in the air. And so are new building projects.
Come and hear the funny story of one family's extension.

Story time at 11 o'clock, 26th April, The English Bookshop, Uppsala.

The Big Concrete Lorry by Shirley Hughes.

Upcoming Storytelling for Children

Storytelling for Children at The English Bookshop in Uppsala, Stockholm

Saturdays 11-11.30, at The English Bookshop in Uppsala.

April 26
May 10, May 24
June 7

Welcome all 3-6 year olds for storytelling with Hannah. No need to sign up, just show up at the shop and join the fun.

Download the PDF poster

Niel Bushnell – Sorrowline at The Uppsala International Authors Stage

Meet Niel Bushnell, animator and author of Sorrowline and Timesmith. Niel is our guest at the Uppsala Internationella Författarscen; a collaboration between us and the Stadsbibliotek.

  • Saturday 12/4, at 12 noon, at Uppsala City Library (Stadsbiblioteket)
  • No entrance fee, but book your ticket at Stadsbibliotek reception, 018-727 83 33. You need to collect your ticket at least 30 minutes before the event.

Niel Bushnell in the bookshop

Niel Bushnells website

Om Uppsalas Internationella Författarscen / Uppsala International Authors Stage

Poetry Evening in Stockholm, Thursday April 10

Poetry Evening Stockholm April 10, 2014

Poetry Evening in the Stockholm shop: Five international poets living locally will be sharing their verse. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with light snacks. The readings will begin at 7:15. This event is open to everyone. No RSVP required.

Books of the month for April

Bernardine Evaristo – Mr Loverman General Fiction: Bernardine Evaristo – Mr Loverman
French Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather – but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris.
M. R. C. Kasasian – The Mangle Street Murders British Crime: M. R. C. Kasasian – The Mangle Street Murders
Set in a London still haunted by the spectre of the infamous Spring-heeled Jack, The Mangle Street Murders is for those who like their crime original, atmospheric, and very, very funny.
Sean Doolittle – Rain Dogs

Tough Crime: Sean Doolittle – Rain Dogs
It was one hell of an inheritance for former Chicago reporter Tom Coleman: a broken-down pickup truck, ramshackle campground, a canoe livery—and one pot-smoking, barely working employee he doesn’t need, doesn’t want, and can’t afford. But the truth is, after losing a child and a marriage, Tom doesn’t really care. And life is nice and quiet in the middle of nowhere. Until a drug lab blows up near his property—putting Tom in contact with the woman he once loved…

Ivo Stourton – The Happier Dead

Science Fiction: Ivo Stourton – The Happier Dead
The Great Spa sits on the edge of London, a structure visible from space. The power of Britain on the world stage rests in its monopoly on "The Treatment", a medical procedure which can transform the richest and most powerful into a state of permanent physical youth. The Great Spa is the place where the newly young immortals go to revitalise their aged souls. In this most important and secure of facilities, a murder of one of the guests threatens to destabilise the new order, and DCI Oates of the Metrolpolitan police is called in to investigate…

Paul Kearney – Different Kingdom

Fantasy: Paul Kearney – Different Kingdom
Michael Fay is a normal boy, living with his grandparents on their family farm in rural Ireland. In the woods there are wolves; and other things, dangerous things. He doesn&'t tell his family, not even his Aunt Rose, his closest friend. And then, as Michael wanders through the trees, he finds himself in the Other Place. There are strange people, and monsters, and a girl called Cat.

When the wolves follow him from the Other Place to his family's doorstep, Michael must choose between locking the doors and looking away; or following Cat on an adventure that may take an entire lifetime in the Other Place…

E. L. Tettenstor – Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir #1) Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: E. L. Tettenstor – Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir #1)
He used to be the best detective on the job. Until he became the hunted...
Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.

Jane Austen – Persuasion

Classic of the Month: Jane Austen – Persuasion
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older’

At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen’s last completed novel.

Ned Vizzini – Other Normals Teen reading: Ned Vizzini – Other Normals
Given the chance, fifteen-year-old Peregrine "Perry" Eckert would dedicate every waking moment to Creatures & Caverns, an epic role-playing game rich with magical creatures, spell casting, and deadly weapons. The world of C&C is where he feels most comfortable in his own skin. But that isn't happening—not if his parents have anything to do with it. Concerned their son lacks social skills, they ship him off to summer camp to become a man. They want him to be outdoors playing with kids his own age and meeting girls—rather than indoors alone, with only his gaming alter ego for company. Perry knows he's in for the worst summer of his life…

Storytelling for Children – Saturday 5th April, Uppsala

A ballarina with big feet and a T-rex that needs clean teeth!
How can you resist?

Come to story time at the English Bookshop!
11 o'clock, 5th April 2014 in Uppsala.

  • Belinda the Ballerina by Amy Young
  • Down at the Dino Wash Deluxe by Tim Myers and Macky Pamintuan

Belinda the Ballerina by Amy Young Down at the Dino Wash Deluxe by Tim Myers and Macky Pamintuan

Doctor Who Evening on April 10th!

Doctor Who Night at The Uppsala English Bookshop, 20140410

Yes! It IS time to properly announce our fifth bianual Doctor Who Evening on April 10th!

We're shooting for doing this event at the shop, so seating is limited, make sure you book and pay for your tickets in good time. Our special guest this time is Doctor Who animation expert Niel Bushnell.

There WILL be a traditional dress up competition with prizes. And traditional Who-themed fika. And, well, cool things in general! So - want to come?

Doctor Who in the bookshop
Download the Doctor Who poster

Sherlock evening in Stockholm - Thursday March 27

The game is afoot - Sherlock Evening at the Stockholm shop

Join us for an evening of Sherlockian interest and discussions in the Stockholm shop.

Morgan MalmMorgan Malm, one of Sweden’s foremost experts on Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle will give a talk entitled ”May I Marry Sherlock Holmes?”, there will be all sorts of books and merchandise on display and for sale, not to mention that there will also be tea and cake.

When?  Thursday the 27th of March, 7 pm
Where?  The English Bookshop, Lilla Nygatan 11, Gamla stan
How much? 60 kr. Limited space, book your seat in advance!
Why?  Elementary, dear reader; because you know you want to!

Seats are rapidly filling up, email us at today to book a seat (or to be placed on the reserve list if the event fills up).

New Fiction 20140423

Michael Cunningham
The Snow Quen
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Dave Eggers
The Circle
Jhumpa Lahiri
The Lowland
Val McDermid
Northanger Abbey (The Austen Project)
Trade Paperback
Julie Myerson
The Quickening
Irvine Welsh
The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins
Trade Paperback

New Science Fiction/Fantasy 20140423

Feist Raymond E.
Magician's End (Chaoswar #3)
Trade Paperback
Justin Richards
The Suicide Exhibition: The Never War
Stella Gemmell
The City

New Mystery 20140412

Nicci French
Thursday's Children (Frieda Klein #4)
Trade Paperback
A. K. Benedict
The Beauty of Murder
Nancy Atherton
Aunt Dimity & the Wishing Well
Trade Paperback

New Action/Thriller 20140412

Ken Bruen
Purgatory (Jack Taylor #10)
Raymond Khoury
Rasputin's Shadow
Sophie Hannah
The Telling Error
Trade Paperback

New Non-Fiction 20140412

Michael Rosen
Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
Emily Anthes
Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts
Marlene Zuk
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live

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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