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Annika Estassy

A Song for Hedda

Less than two weeks before Christmas, Lina Sundell is offered a severance pay by her manager instead of the promotion she had hoped for. In sheer anger she accepted and immediately booked a tango tour to Buenos Aires. When Lina’s biological father, whom she thought was dead, all of a sudden stands right in front of her at Kastrup Airport while Mom Hedda breaks her wrist up in the small community of Måneby, Lina decided to go up to the family’s inn and give a hand with the preparations for the Christmas celebrations. But she also want her mother to tell the truth about the resurrected father. What really happened between them?

Mom Hedda does is in a difficult situation. She has concerns about the guesthouse’s future and all the stress before Christmas makes her both tired and confused. Who will take over the business when she no longer has the energy?

In A Song for Hedda, Annika Estassy returns to the small community Måneby and once again gives us a story about love, emancipation and reconciliation and the courage to make a new start in life.

Release in September 2019.

Tove Folkesson

Her words

She has always been there, and soon she is not there anymore. The grandmother’s words carry the family that has emerged on the farm on the island of Öland.

The narrator Tove returns again and again to save words and memories. She wants to be a continuation. Then she and her wife arrive in the queue at Reproductive Medicine. They have longed and are close now, she believes. They join the clinical world of donor registers, freezer recaps and curatorial talks. But death is out there on the stairs. And in the farm’s warden tree, the seed pods rustle yellow already. It’s summer.

Her words is about longing for children, but also about losing the fragile dream in the brutal meeting with reality. It is a story of a branch that is being broken, a love that must be taken advantage of.

The new novel by author Tove Folkesson will be released in September.

Lars Lerin

The troll is not at home

The troll is not at homeThe door to the basement is slightly open. Hello! Raphael shouts, as he peeks into the cold darkness. Hello the troll!
But no one answers. Everything is silent, only some small birds are chirping and a skate is laughing, hiding in a thicket.
The troll is probably not at home, maybe he is sleeping. Maybe, maybe not.

Well, well, dad says, trolls, like ghosts, have to sleep all day to be able to stay awake at night.
If the sun is shining on a troll it will burst, so it is said in the fairytales. No one knows, you can believe what you want. You may think that a troll lives in the forest.

Lars Lerin’s first children’s book, The Troll is not at home, is a story in words and watercolor paintings, to be released in September.

Eva Swedenmark

Paris Passion

It is a time of political heat in the late sixties. Lena and David travel to Paris to live in a new way, free and strong in their writing. Together they will conquer the world, like Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Life as a freelance journalist in Paris is filled with meetings and interviews with renowned writers, students and politicians. But life also becomes harder than Lena thought it would be and the relationship with David is influenced by their different views on free love.

In the newly liberated Algeria, the two hope to come closer together. But a passionate meeting with a black panther leader and a brutal assault makes Lena question everything. Which way should she choose to find her way home?

Eva Swedenmark lived in Paris at the end of the sixties and worked as a freelance journalist. Since the mid-nineties she has published about forty books.

Paris Passion is inspired by Eva’s own life. Meetings with people like Jími Hendrix, Gisèle Halimi, Olof Palme, Eldridge Cleaver and trips out into the world. The novel depicts life, politics and passion in Stockholm, Paris and Algeria during the turbulent time in the late sixties.

Eva Swedenmark

Cloudberries and hearts

 Cloudberries and hearts

The life of the family around restaurant La Stella in Östersund is never quiet. The cloudberry flowers blooms on the mountain marshes, the golden yellow berries soon begin to mature, but with autumn comes changes as well.

Why does Mario long for new challenges when everything goes so well? How come Liselotte, who lives with a new man after the devastating divorce, is still drawn to new adventures? Her parents, Anita and Börje, are so in love but couldn’t they just be happy pensioners and roll in old tracks? And shouldn’t Linda nurture the relationship with Anders instead of longing for a beautiful mountain guide?

Mario’s and Liselotte’s daughter Sandra looks at the adults around her, how their relationships are broken and changed. They seem unable to take responsibility. Among cloudberries and mountains, a thought of longterm plans are growing inside of her.

When they all gather in the ski resort Åre, they all have to meet the truths about themselves. Who they are, who they thought they were, and start seeing each other with new eyes without fear of the consequences.

This is the 5th freestanding novel in the berry-series by author Eva Swedenmark.

Anders Ström

The phenomenon of Ingvar Kamprad

 Ingvar Kamprad is the man from the small county of Småland in Sweden who furnished the world. The success made him an icon among entrepreneurs – not just in Sweden.

He was an emotional man, and the center of his life was his family, primarily the children and his wife Margaretha. But as family he also included employees, suppliers and not least; the customers. And often first family had to stand back in favor of the other.

In this book we meet the man Ingvar Kamprad. We follow him through his journey of life and get to know his driving forces. His life was lined with great successes, but there was also crises.
The author has discussed the phenomenon of Ingvar Kamprad with co-workers, friends and politicians, who all openly share their personal stories about Ingvar as a friend and workmate. Ikea’s CEO Jesper Brodin, Chairman of the Board Lars-Johan Jarnheimer, Per Eggenes, CEO of Ikea Foundation, friends Göran Grosskopf and Sven-Erik Bucht are some of those who have contributed to this book.

The result has become a living story of an extraordinary man who became a legend already during his lifetime by author Anders Ström.

Eva Swedenmark

Feelgood for 60+

If you don’t start living, I’ll break up with you

Life must continue to be lived at all ages. It realizes the women’s quartet 60+ that Eva Swedenmark portrays in  this novel. The four friends stop doing what their surroundings expects them to do. Instead, they choose friendship and adventure as they embark on the journey of life in search of their secret dreams.

The friends Garbo, Pamela, Anita and Ingalill lived their lives with a bagage of disappointments and diseases. Until Garbo one day gets enough and challenges her friends. It will be the starting point for all of them to dare to tell what they want out of life. Their sincerity leads to exciting journeys in the Stockholm archipelago, meetings on the French Riviera and gives them an unexpected fortune. Above all, they win the will and desire to deal with unresolved relationships.

The novel pleasantly takes the big question of how women 60+ live today and are expected to live their lives according to others. The generation who once made revolt refuses to end up in the age trap, yet it is so easy to get stuck in the prejudices about how women 60+ should live their lives.

 

Be careful what you’re wishing for

Don’t let life slip away in boredom, not when you’re young and definitely not when you’re 60! Eva Swedenmark is back with a captivating novel about friendship and the right to realize dreams at any age. A lovely and funny novel with serious undertones!

In the first novel, If you don’t start living, I’ll break up with you, the four friends were challenging each other to take care of life. It led to revolutionary adventures, but how did it end up? Was it what they thought it would be and was it worth the consequences? And what should they do with that bag of money that now is hidden in Anita’s wardrobe?

 

Beyond all embarrasment

One for all, all for one. In the final and third novel in the Mappie-lit Series,  Garbo, Pamela, Anita and Ingalill travel to Vietnam to reflect on the future. But from far away, their past lives are coming closer.

They meet a police officer who cannot let go of what happened when their boat in Vaxholm burned. And how was it with their money that they came across a little too lightly, should all they had won be taken away from them?

Garbo, Ingalill, Anita and Pamela are back. A quartet of women who show themselves and the world that one should beware of counting out women 60+. They possess power and imagination and after Garbo’s call to them: If you don’t start to live, I’ll break up with you, they have taken power over their own lives and realized the secret dreams they believed would remain unfulfilled.

In the third book, they have traveled a long way and are thinking about perhaps settling for what they have achieved. But when they realize that there are men who underestimate their power and see them as nonsensical aunts, they agree to defend what they have won and negligently and inventively revenge on those who underestimate them.

One for all, all for one, says Garbo, Ingalill, Anita and Pamela. They understand now, that they will always continue to dream and that the goal of the dreams is sometimes the dream itself and the journey to achieve it.