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Paranormal/Urban Fantasy – December

Nailini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Leasa Shearin – Night Shift is our Paranormal/Urban Fantasy book of the month for December. Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark…

Classic of the Month – December

Stella Gibbons  – Cold Comfort Farm is our Classic of the Month for December. 'We are not like other folk, maybe, but there have always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm...'

Teen Reading – December

Terry Pratchett – Nation is our Teen Reading book of the month for December. When a giant wave destroys his entire Nation - his family and everyone he has ever known - Mau finds himself totally alone. Until he meets Daphne, daughter of a colonial Governor and the sole survivor from a shipwreck.

Storytelling for Children - Saturday 6th December

Bears can do amazing things like jump and crash and grab the moon. But they can’t use a spoon. So, will a pig miss a bear when it is gone?

Eleven o’clock, Saturday 6th December at the English Bookshop in Uppsala.

Wibbly Pig’s Silly Big Bear by Mick Inkpen

Wibbly Pig’s Silly Big Bear by Mick Inkpen

Storytelling for Children - Saturday 22nd November

Do your parents ever get up your nose, under your skin or even in your face? If so, perhaps you should bring those pesky parent to story time to be reminded of all the useful things that parents can do for children.

Eleven o’clock, Saturday 22nd November at the English Bookshop in Uppsala.

Meet the Parents by Peter Bentley and Sarah Ogilvie.

Meet the Parents by Peter Bentley and Sarah Ogilvie

Books of the month for November

Natalie Haynes – The Amber Fury

General Fiction: Natalie Haynes – The Amber Fury

When you open up, who will you let in? When Alex Morris loses her fiance in dreadful circumstances, she moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Alex takes a job at a Pupil Referral Unit, which accepts the students excluded from other schools in the city. These are troubled, difficult kids and Alex is terrified of what she's taken on.

Jane Casey – The Kill

British Crime: Jane Casey – The Kill

A killer is terrorising London but this time the police are the targets. Urgently re-assigned to investigate a series of brutal attacks on fellow officers, Maeve Kerrigan and her boss Josh Derwent have little idea what motivates the killer's fury against the force. But they know it will only be a matter of time before the killer strikes again.

Alison Gaylin – And She Was...

Tough Crime: Alison Gaylin – And She Was...

Missing persons investigator Brenna Spector has a rare neurological disorder that enables her to recall every detail of every day of her life. A blessing and a curse, it began in childhood, when her older sister stepped into a strange car never to be seen again, and it’s proven invaluable in her work. But it hasn’t helped her solve the mystery that haunts her above all others—and it didn’t lead her to little Iris. When a local woman, Carol Wentz, disappears eleven years later, Brenna uncovers bizarre connections between the missing woman, the long-gone little girl … and herself.

Robert Charles Wilson – Burning Paradise

Science Fiction: Robert Charles Wilson – Burning Paradise

Cassie Klyne, nineteen years old, lives in the United States in the year 2015--but it's not our United States, and it's not our 2015. Cassie's world has been at peace since the Great Armistice of 1918. There was no World War II, no Great Depression. Poverty is declining, prosperity is increasing everywhere; social instability is rare. But Cassie knows the world isn't what it seems. Her parents were part of a group who gradually discovered the awful truth: that for decades--back to the dawn of radio communications--human progress has been interfered with, made more peaceful and benign, by an extraterrestrial entity. That by interfering with our communications, this entity has tweaked history in massive and subtle ways. That humanity is, for purposes unknown, being farmed. Cassie's parents were killed for this knowledge, along with most of the other members of their group. Since then, the survivors have scattered and gone into hiding. Cassie and her younger brother Thomas now live with her aunt Nerissa, who shares these dangerous secrets. Others live nearby. For eight years they have attempted to lead unexceptional lives in order to escape detection. The tactic has worked. Until now. Because the killers are back. And they're not human.

Wen Spencer – Eight Million Gods

Fantasy:  Wen Spencer – Eight Million Gods

A contemporary fantasy of mystery and death as American expats battle Japanese gods and monsters to retrieve an ancient artifact that can destroy the world.

On Saturday afternoon, Nikki Delany thought, "George Wilson, in the kitchen, with a blender." By dinner, she had killed George and posted his gory murder to her blog. The next day, she put on her mourning clothes and went out to meet her best friend for lunch to discuss finding a replacement for her love interest. …

Stephen Blackmoore – Broken Souls

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: Stephen Blackmoore – Broken Souls

Sister murdered, best friend dead, married to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte. Necromancer Eric Carter’s return to Los Angeles hasn’t gone well, and it’s about to get even worse.

His link to the Aztec death goddess is changing his powers, changing him, and he’s not sure how far it will go. He’s starting to question his own sanity, wonder if he’s losing his mind. No mean feat for a guy who talks to the dead on a regular basis.

While searching for a way to break Santa Muerte’s hold over him, Carter finds himself the target of a psychopath who can steal anyone’s form, powers, and memories. Identity theft is one thing, but this guy does it by killing his victims and wearing their skins like a suit. He can be anyone. He can be anywhere.

Now Carter has to change the game — go from hunted to hunter. All he has for help is a Skid Row bruja and a ghost who’s either his dead friend Alex or the manifestation of Carter’s own guilt-fueled psychotic break.

Everything is trying to kill him. Nothing is as it seems. If all his plans go perfectly, he might survive the week.

He’s hoping that’s a good thing.

E. M. Forster – Maurice

Classic of the Month: E. M. Forster – Maurice

Maurice Hall is a young man who grows up confident in his privileged status and well aware of his role in society. Modest and generally conformist, he nevertheless finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex. Through Clive, whom he encounters at Cambridge, and through Alec, the gamekeeper on Clive's country estate, Maurice gradually experiences a profound emotional and sexual awakening.

A tale of passion, bravery and defiance, this intensely personal novel was completed in 1914 but remained unpublished until after Forster's death in 1970. Compellingly honest and beautifully written, it offers a powerful condemnation of the repressive attitudes of British society, and is at once a moving love story and an intimate tale of one man's erotic and political self-discovery.

Eleanor Updale – The Last Minute

Teen reading: Eleanor Updale – The Last Minute

9.21am: business as usual on a high street in England.

9.22am: the explosions are heard for miles around, and in the early confusion there is talk of a gas leak, a plane crash, and even terrorism .…

The people of Heathwick had been preparing for Christmas unaware that many would die, and the rest would be transformed for ever. Travel with them, second-by-second, through the hopes, fears, love, worries, gossip, cruelty, kindness and trivia that dominated their final minute before tragedy struck.

And in the everyday story of an ordinary street, look for clues to what happened, and why.

Storytelling for Children - Saturday 8 November

The clocks have gone back and the darkness is creeping in. Shall we have stories of fear and monsters? Well yes, but also of triumph, happiness and a farting cat.

11 o’clock at the English Bookshop in Uppsala on Saturday 8th November.

  • The monster that ate darkness by Joyce Dunbar
  • The knight who was afraid of the dark by Barbara Shook Hazen

The monster that ate darkness by Joyce Dunbar The knight who was afraid of the dark by Barbara Shook Hazen

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

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