The witch has been looking at lists. Sounds a bit boring, but every now and then it’s fun to have quick glance at what’s what. Simply Books must have had a guilty conscience the other day, because they showered me with slightly out of date bookselling magazines.
Anyway, one from a week ago was bestselling Swedish fiction, which caught my eye, for some reason. I don’t know everything. No, really, I don’t. But, out of the ten books, I know for certain that five are crime. Could be more.
So, this again proves how criminally minded these Nordic people are. I’d been getting concerned over the fact that I haven’t yet read the bestselling Stieg Larsson, now that he has been translated as well. So, I asked a friend to grab a copy in the supermarket over Christmas while she was visiting her sister. (I’d only considered buying the book umpteen times in the summer.) Friend had a mind of her own, and decided to bring over the sister’s copies, as they wouldn’t be needed for some time. The sister had read them all, and so had she. So now I have an enormous pile of three very thick books. And no time…
But this goes to show that Swedes in and out of Sweden have read Stieg Larsson, so could explain why he’s at the top of the selling lists.
I have just ordered my first Stieg Larsson, but that is not the subject of this comment.
Have you seen this: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/01/24/wdwarf124.xml
Detectives Beyond Borders
“Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”
It’s not the first of April today, is it? Well spotted. It even mentions Mulch.
You probably already know about this, but I see from today’s Guardian that Kenneth Brannagh has signed up to play Kurt Wallander in a BBC dramatisation of three of Henning Mankell’s novels.
Yes, I knew, from somewhere. I’m trying to get my head round it, as my Wallander is a (much larger) Swedish actor. I doubt that Branagh can be quite as much of a Swedish “down-and-out/drunkard” as one has come to expect. But it’s good that such a big name is wanting to do it, as it should mean more publicity.
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