Jo Nesbø’s Police – A new Harry Hole thriller

Scandinavian crime fiction has enjoyed tremendous sucess in the past years, proving the darker sides of Scandinavian life combined with realistic characters has struck a chord with international audiences. Authors like Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, Camilla Läckberg and Jussi Adler-Olsen have conquered the crime fiction market, and with the help of successful tv-productions like ”The Killing”, ”Borgen” and ”The Bridge” the future of Scandinavian crime fiction is anything but grim.
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© Jo Nesbø photo by Hakon Eikesdal

Norway’s best-selling author today is Jo Nesbø, who perhaps is best known for his portrayal of Harry Hole, the anti-heroic Oslo-based policeman who unconventionally and with little regard for police procedure solves crimes in Norway’s capital.

To whet your appetite take a look at this teaser from ”Police”: The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone. Least of all himself.
Author Jo Nesbø has described the literary process of writing the Harry Hole series as “A universe that is hard to be in. It gets ever darker, and being there all the time is something I can’t bear.”

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© Den Sorte Diamant, Copenhagen. Photo by Karsten Bundgaard / Det Kongelige Bibliotek

Nesbø will discuss his world-famous literary character on June 10th at the architectural wonder and part of the Royal Danish Library; “Den Sorte Diamant” (“The Black Diamond”, well worth a visit in itself) on Copenhagen’s waterfront.
For those of you able to attend tickets are available at

The much-awaited 10th sequal ”Politi” (”Police”) will be relased in Norway on June 6. The English translation will be available from September 12th 2013. Preorder “Police” from Waterstones

Note: This article is by guest blogger Ingrid Hårstad, a Norwegian freelance writer based in London.

Norwegian Kjetil Haaland to exhibit at Piers Feetham Gallery London

The Norwegian artist Kjetil Haaland is to exhibit at the Piers Feetham Gallery in Fulham, London from the 29th April to 11th May 2013, after successfully exhibiting his paintings in Norway, Italy, Germany, Holland, England, USA and Monaco.
The Italian newspaper Il Tempo, described Haaland’s style as “Details as an Inspiration”.
Among Haaland’s latest paintings, inspiration is drawn from the architecture of the Mediterranean and of European cities and the history of sports. When it comes to the city pictures the different building facades are given special attention, often seen as reflections of the windows of the stores. Over the past years he has concentrated on reflections from areas of London.

See Window Reflections and other of Haaland’s paintings at the Piers Feetham Gallery 475 Fulham Road, London.

Community Spirit in Chatsworth Road, Hackney, E5

There’s a growing community spirit in the various of villages that makes London. Chatsworth Road in Hackney being one of them. Once one of London’s roughest areas, Chatsworth Road, is just a bike ride from Shoreditch, a short walk from Homerton’s Overground station and with lots of green spaces, including Hackney Marshes.
Chatsworth Road has now a dedicated website providing members of the community with lots of useful local information, as well as a local newspaper. There’s information about everything from shops and services to social events and happenings in the area. Visit
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If you sign up for a membership, which currently is £1 on an annual basis, you’ll enjoy discounts in local shops, you may vote for committee members, your ideas for the area will be heard and last but not least you will experience a safer neighbourhood.
One of passionate members of the Chatsworth Road community is the Norwegian photographer, Jørn Tomter. He is also a local resident and lives in E5 together with his wife Kimberley and two young children. As a passionate but also highly creative member he has a constant stream of ideas for improvements. One way to improve the area is to support local business and also make sure the Sunday market is vibrant and attractive. But Jørn Tomter thought there’s more to it as well and wanted us to meet the locals. With an intriguing art project called I Love Chartsworth Road he’s portrayed the residents of Chatsworth Road. The effect is quite striking, especially when placed together. There’s no doubt! It’s the individuals getting together that makes a thriving community.


We popped into Cooper & Wolf in 145 Chatsworth Road, where Jørn is exhibiting the portraits. He also uses the busy eatery (with Swedish specialties on the menu) as a work space, typing away on new ideas, whilst sipping black coffee (typical Norwegian style way to drink coffee).

To all wonderful mums out there – Happy Mothersday!


My mum raised four children, ensured daily routines as well as taking us on fun and exciting adventures. “You never stop being a mum” she says, and makes us feel loved and supported still today. She’s beautiful, witty, smart and creative. And perhaps most importantly, she’s never given up on us nor herself. I’m blessed with a mum that’s a true inspiration!

Motherhood is filled with joys and challenges, ups and downs, and tears and laughter. With this in mind, Mothersday is about taking a step back and appreciate mums for their constant efforts. Who will you be celebrating today?

New Nordic Film: Village at the End of the World

British-Danish filmmakers Sarah Gavron and David Katznelson’s documentary about a village in North West Greenland is soon to be released in UK Cinemas. The film reflects the dilemmas of a typical small community. However this one just happens to be in one of the remotest spots on earth… Shot over the course of a year in Northern Greenland, the documentary is a portrait of village, surviving against the odds in an isolated community of 59 people.
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Photo: still from Village at the End of the World

Village at the End of the World is a documentary about the small village Niaqornat in North West Greenland, with a tiny population of 59 people. The film reflects the dilemmas of most small communities all over the world. It follows a year of the life of the village focusing on four main characters: Lars, the only teenager in town, Karl, Lars’ father and the most respected hunter, Ilanngauq, the outsider who moved to Niaqornat for love, and Annie, the oldest lady in Niaqornat who can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Village at the End of the World is far more than a nature documentary about the Arctic. It’s a story of the people in the remote settlement, revealing their resilience, wit and determination. You’ll see their lives across the arctic seasons, as they fight to keep their traditions, battle with the dangers of thinning ice, whilst finding an identity in the modern world.

In UK cinemas on 10 May 2013. Watch the official trailer

Time to get fat! My best recipe for Fastelavnsboller

Fat (or shrove) Tuesday is in Norway celebrated as Fastelavn this Sunday the 10th February 2013. It’s not so much a religious celebration, it’s more a carnival and a feast. So if you’d like to get started baking some fastlavnsboller, wheat buns stuffed with lots of whipped cream, you can find my best recipe here!
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If you can’t bother baking, get the utterly yummy ones from Bageriet London. They have a layer with marzipan too! Available at the Scandinavian food shop, Totally Swedish, in Marylebone.
And speaking of getting fat. As long as you can resist having these creamy buns every day, I don’t think there’s any reason to worry about being unhealthy!

Watch The Killing 3 in Style

Finally hitting the British screens, the first episodes of the long-awaited third series of cult Danish detective drama is here!
Sarah Lund and The Killing Series 3 Episode 1 will be on BBC Four this Saturday 17th November at 9pm.

The Killing (Danish title Forbrydelsen) is a Danish television drama series created by Søren Sveistrup, first broadcasted in Denmark on 7th January 2007, and has since become a worldwide success.
The series is set in a fictional Copenhagen police department and revolves around Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (played by Sofie Gråbøl) and her team, with each season series following a different murder case day-by-day and a one-hour episode covering twenty-four hours of the investigation. The series is noted for its plot twists, season-long storylines, dark tone and for giving equal emphasis to the story of the murdered victim’s family alongside the police investigation. It has also been singled out for the photography of its beautiful Danish setting, and for the acting ability of its cast.
The Lund Jumper has also become a big success, even having a Sara Lund Sweater website dedicate to it. The original sweater, as worn by series heroine Sarah Lund, was chosen despite the jumper being decidedly unpolice-like. “The reason it’s so perfect is because it tells so many stories. It tells of a person who doesn’t use her sexuality – that’s a big point. Lund’s so sure of herself she doesn’t have to wear a suit. She’s at peace with herself.” the actor Gråbøl explains.

Now, regardless of hos devoted fan I may be, I do not own a Lund Sweater. But there’s plenty of other cozy knit jumpers that will do! Like this beautiful, also danish design, in a Nordic knit style.

© Photo Ganni Sweater dress £110 available from Wild Swans.

This final series of Forbrydelsen explores the global financial crisis as the ostensibly random murder of a sailor leads Sarah Lund through the financial community.
We’ll be cuddling up in the sofa, wearing cozy knitwear, with our favourite wine in the glass, and of course following the hashtag #thekilling3 on Twitter. Roll on Saturday!

Also, check out the review of The Killing 3 at the Telegraph; “British audiences are in for a genuinely rare treat when it comes to BBC Four in November.” More here

From Wallander to the West End, Krister Henriksson to star in Dr Glas

Krister Henriksson sits on stage, casually dressed in jacket, chinos and sneakers, he talks with his eyes and his hands in a relaxed way, about his journey to the debut in West End and his life in general. By first glance you see how he belongs there, on stage in the West End. There’s a complexity to him that’s not only rare but unbelievable intriguing. He’s all the opposites you can find in one man, probably what made Inspector Wallander so human to us and why in fact Henriksson is the one that had to be Doktor Glas in the one-man stage adaptation of Hjalmar Söderberg’s haunting 1905 philosophical novel with the same name. “In the beginning of filming the Wallander series I tried to be Inspector Wallander. It’s like squeezing yourself in with a shoe horn. But after a while Wallander became me, and I was rather uncertain who was who in the end. We became one.”

The last time he played Kurt Wallander he spent the evenings in the hotel room in Ystad to read and really work with Söderberg’s novel, he processed and adapted it so that he could become Doktor Glas. “I can identify with both Wallander and Doktor Glas. It’s something about Nordic men. We work hard and we love the simple life, but yet there’s a longing and desire for something more. Both Wallander and Glass finds it very difficult to get close to another human being. I can identify with that. I’m a lonely soul as well, trying to reach out.”

Doktor Glas premiered on Vasateatern in the autumn of 2006, where it played to sold out houses, before it toured Sweden with the National Theatre and ended up as a sold out play at Dramaten 2011. Krister Henriksson’s expectations were modest but Doktor Glas was a huge critic’s and audience success, and it was a dream come true to be invited to the West End. “I’m nervous and of course I really want Doktor Glas to be a success in London as well. But to me personally, it’s always been a dream to be on stage in the West End so it’s feel like a success already.”

At the Leicester Square Theatre, producer Martin Witts told Go Scandinavian that it’s the rhythm of the Swedish language that really captured him with Doktor Glas, when he first saw the play in Stockholm. And so in terms of language there was no question that it had to be in Swedish when performed on stage in the West End. Henriksson agrees but thinks it’s not only the language but also the scenery, the Scandinavian nature which is large part of the play. Doktor Glas takes us through dusk of dawn over endless hills and fields, out to the open Baltic Sea, with an unexplained anxiety and yearning that are so frightfully present in many of us.

Directed by Henriksson and Peder Bjurman, Doktor Glas tells the story of a 19th century physician who falls madly in love with the beautiful young wife of a corrupt clergyman. When she confides in him that her marriage is making her miserable, he agrees to help in whatever way he can, driving the play towards its shocking climax.
Adapted from the novel by Hjalmer Söderberg and performed in its original Swedish with English surtitles, the one-man play will run at Wyndham’s from 16 April to 11 May 2013.

Henriksson is one of Sweden’s most highly respected and admired actors who made his breakthrough at the Stockholm City Theatre in the lead role of the Ibsen play Peer Gynt. He has since had a string of major roles on stages around the world, including working alongside Ingmar Bergman when he directed him in A Winter’s Tale at the Royal Dramatic Theatre (Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern). Later Bergman chose Henriksson for the role as the young Bergman in Liv Ullman’s film Faithless (Trolösa), which was based on Bergman’s manuscript.

In Wallander he played maverick detective Kurt Wallander in the original Swedish series adapted from Henning Mankell’s novels. The grittiness of his performance has won him plaudits from critics across the globe. It was subsequently adapted by the BBC for a British version starring Kenneth Branagh.

Scandinavia’s current impact on British culture looks set to continue when Krister Henriksson makes his West End debut co-directing and taking the lead in Doktor Glas. Martin Witts for London International Art Theatre told the press they hoped this would be the start of a series of Nordic plays in the West End.

And as for Wallander, Henriksson will feature in six new episodes, to be launched in 2013.

Useful Information
Venue: Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA (nearest tube Leicester Sq)
Dates: 16 April – 11 may 2013
Prices: £10-£65 (Group booking available)
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