All Hallows Read with Sam Kessel – Wednesday October 29

All Hallows Read at The English Bookshop

Come and let us treat you to a cosy ghostly evening! Listen to Sam Kessel as he reads a couple of classic horror stories, and maybe you have one or two of your own favourites to tell? Join us for tea and cake and candle light. No tricks - we promise! Or...?

Date: Wednesday October 29
When: 7 pm (the spooky hour...)
Where: The Uppsala English Bookshop
How much: 50 kr, tea and cake included

Author visit

Meet American author Edmund White, Thursday 23 October, 18:00. Short interview and book signing.

Welcome to Lilla Nygatan 11, Gamla stan!

Meet American author Edmund White

Storytelling for Children - Saturday 25th October

We're having a halloween-dressing-up-story-time on Saturday 25th October at 11 o'clock in the English Bookshop in Uppsala.

Witches, skeletons, pumpkins, hobgoblins, black cats, spiders and spider-men are most welcome - adults and children alike. We'll have witchy stories and spooky tales, galore.

Winnie the Witch Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienowski

Books of the month for October

Karen Joy Fowler – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

General Fiction: Karen Joy Fowler – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

As a child, Rosemary used to talk all the time. So much so that her parents used to tell her to start in the middle if she wanted to tell a story. Now Rosemary has just started college and she barely talks at all. And she definitely doesn’t talk about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourself what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. But there's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. So now she's telling her story; a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.

Craig Robertson – The Last Refuge

British Crime: Craig RobertsonThe Last Refuge

You can run from your past but you can never hide from yourself. When John Callum arrives on the Faroe Islands, determined to sever all ties with his previous life and make a new start, he is surprised by how quickly he is welcomed into the close-knit community. But no matter what he changes in his outward life, the debilitating nightmares that haunt him just won't stop.

Michael Craven – The Detective and the Pipe Girl

Tough Crime:  Michael Craven – The Detective and the Pipe Girl

Private Detective John Darvelle is a man of specific tastes—simple design, smart women, cheap American beer. He’s a man of specific opinions—drive a car nobody can remember, avoid brunch at all costs, and don’t live in Brentwood. And he adheres to his own professional code—an indelible blend of commitment, loyalty, and experience. He also plays a lot of ping-pong.

Arthur Vonz is one of Tinseltown’s most powerful men, a filmmaker among the ranks of Spielberg, Coppola, and Kubrick. He hires Darvelle to find a young woman named Suzanne Neal, an incandescent beauty who just might be hiding something.

What starts as an easy assignment soon has Darvelle plunging deep into the seductive and hidden world of Hollywood’s elite. A twisting, turning journey that puts him face-to-face with the LAPD, a ruthless underground crime operation, and a cold-blooded killer.

It’s the case of a lifetime that could end his life.

L. E. Modesitt Jr. – The One-Eyed Man

Science Fiction: L. E. Modesitt Jr. – The One-Eyed Man

The colony world of Stittara is no ordinary planet. For the interstellar Unity of the Ceylesian Arm, Stittara is the primary source of anagathics: drugs that have more than doubled the human life span. But the ecological balance that makes anagathics possible on Stittara is fragile, and the Unity government has a vital interest in making sure the flow of longevity drugs remains uninterrupted, even if it means uprooting the human settlements.

Offered the job of assessing the ecological impact of the human presence on Stittara, freelance consultant Dr. Paulo Verano jumps at the chance to escape the ruin of his personal life. He gets far more than he bargained for: Stittara’s atmosphere is populated with skytubes—gigantic, mysterious airborne organisms that drift like clouds above the surface of the planet. Their exact nature has eluded humanity for centuries, but Verano believes his conclusions about Stittara may hinge on understanding the skytubes’ role in the planet’s ecology—if he survives the hurricane winds, distrustful settlers, and secret agendas that impede his investigation at every turn.

Django Wexler – The Thousand Names

Fantasy:  Django Wexler – The Thousand Names

Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons, was serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost—until a rebellion left him in charge of a demoralized force clinging to a small fortress at the edge of the desert.

To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must lead her men into battle against impossible odds.

Mary Behre – Guarded

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: Mary Behre – Guarded

She’s given up on finding love…

Veterinarian Shelley Morgan has always preferred animals to humans, and not simply because she can communicate with them psychically. Unlike most people she’s known, animals have never broken her heart. But after six months in her new town, some of her favorite four-legged companions begin disappearing from the local zoo. Determined to track down the animals and their thief, the telepathic vet decides to investigate, unknowingly delving into a deadly mystery…

He’s ready to make her heart go wild…

Although his bear-like physique has been an advantage in the Tidewater Police Department, Dev Jones’s size often intimidates people. Only Shelley has seen past his massive build to the intelligent man inside, but that was years ago. So when she contacts him requesting his help to solve a series of animal kidnappings, he’s eager to reconnect with her. But the thefts escalate to murder and all the evidence points to Shelley as the killer, and Dev faces a devastating choice: forsake his career or risk losing the woman he’s grown to love…

Shirley Jackson – We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Classic of the Month: Shirley Jackson – We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods - until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.


Andrew Smith – Winger

Teen reading: Andrew Smith – Winger

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old boy at a boarding school for rich kids. He's living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he's madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humour, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life's complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what's important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Filled with hand-drawn illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen's experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.

Storytelling for Children - Saturday 11 October


We have a lovely story that rhymes ‘trouble’ with ‘bubble’ and ‘civil’ with ‘swivel’.
What is more the story couples a ‘tattered tartan kilt’ with a ‘pretty patchwork quilt’.

Bubble Trouble by Polly Dunbar and Margaret Mahy.

Come and find out what rhymes with ‘wriggles of delight’ at 11o’clock on Saturday 11th October at the English Bookshop in Uppsala.

Bubble Trouble by Polly Dunbar and Margaret Mahy.

Welcome to a Doctor Who adventure trail!

Fun, running and saving the planet (oh, and watch out for the monsters...). The afternoon begins with a mission to save the day and a walk about town, and we finish with a traditional tea and talk. Dress up as your favourite character – or monster! Fabulous prizes to be won.

Date: Sunday October 12
When: 13.30 (tea and talk at 16.00)
Where: The Uppsala English Bookshop
How much: 80 kr
Why: We’ll have a blast!

Remember to book your seat in advance!

Welcome to a Doctor Who adventure trail

Storytelling for Children - 27th September, 11 o’clock

What if your best friend wanted your best toy? Would you be able to share it? Sharing is a tricky skill to learn.

Stories about sharing and other moral dilemmas for children and their grown-ups at 11 o’clock at the English Bookshop on Saturday 27th September.

Stomp! By Jeanne Willis and Paul Howard

It’s not yours. It’s mine! By Susanna Moores

It’s not yours. It’s mine! By Susanna Moores Stomp! By Jeanne Willis and Paul Howard

Book Signing

Michael Cross signs his new book Freedom from Conscience - Deliverance from Evil.

Saturday September 20, 11.00 at The English Bookshop, Lilla Nygatan 11, Gamla stan


    'Vincent, a charismatic older man, is on a quest; he seeks revenge for a horrific tragedy he suffered years earlier. His lust is only satisfied through making mankind into his prey. Melanie Lindberg is a research psychologist who has left her violent past behind and lives an idealic, although unconventional, life with her loving family.
    Melanie and Vincent's paths intersect when he rips her away from those who care for her...desiring to make her his own. Will she succumb to Vincent's mesmerizing charm and become his loyal companion in terror or will she have the power to resist him? This epic battle of wills reaches a surprising climax which will forever change Melanie's life.'

Freedom from Conscience - Deliverance from Evil by Michael Cross

Cancelled – Surgeon at Arms – Wednesday Sept 17th at 7 pm

Unfortunately tonight's Arnhem Observance has been cancelled due to illness. We will announce a rescheduling once we have set a date. Sorry!

Surgeon at Arms – Parachuting into Arnhem with the First Airbornes

In observance of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem 1944 there will be an evening dedicated to the topic at The English Bookshop in Uppsala.

Paul Kessel and Dany Kessel will talk about Paul's father Lipmann Kessel and his experiences as a surgeon during the Battle of Arnhem. Surgeon at Arms – Parachuting into Arnhem with the First Airbornes is one of the most interesting and dramatic personal memoirs to come out of the Second World War. Now republished after being unavailable for many years, it warmly deserves to find a new generation of readers.

Wednesday Sept 17th at 7 pm.

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Live: Ann Charters on Peter Orlovsky

The Culture Night Live from the Uppsala English Bookshop: 19:30

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John Cleese
So, Anyway
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Paul Roland
The Curious Case of H.P. Lovecraft
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Michael Connelly
Burning Room, The (Harry Bosch)
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Edward Marston
Five Dead Canaries (Home Front Detective #3)
Inherit the Dead

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Chuck Palahniuk
Beautiful You
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Hugh Howey

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Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Effect
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Richard Powers
Catherine O'Flynn
Mr Lynch's Holiday

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Kathy Reichs
Bones Never Lie
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Val McDermid
The Skeleton Road
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James Ellroy
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Mark Atherton
There and back again: J R R Tolkien and the origins of the hobbit
Francis Fukuyama
Political Order and Political Decay
Bear Grylls
True Grit

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Jojo Moyes
The One Plus One
John Boyne
A History of Loneliness
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