Olaug nilssen and her novel tung tids tale

Praise for "A Tale of Terrible Times" in Sweden

April 2 2019

This April marks the Swedish launch of “Till Daniel”, Olaug Nilssen’s prize-winning novel. The reviews are overwhelming and many, such as:

The best literature of this season: Olaug Nilssen writes discerningly and beautifully about life with Daniel … A compelling novel and a compelling child – and a mother who dares to show weakness. Svenska Dagbladet

“A Tale of Terrible Times” is a book about the all-overshadowing love for a child … it wasn’t until I read the final lines that I noticed the tears streaming down my cheeks. The book is too short. I didn’t want it to end. Tidningen Fönstret

Such enormous volatility in each sentence; without resorting to emotional hyperbole, Nilssen makes crystal clear for the reader what it is like to be a mother at war with the system in her efforts to care for her autistic child. Categorically, a must-read, no run of the mill book tip can do Nilssen justice. Amelia

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Cover skogen den grøne
February 26 2019

Congratulations II

Skogen den grøne (The Green Forest) by Ruth Lillegraven, has been nominated to this same prestigious prize, however in TWO categories.

Praise to Mari Kanstad Johnsen also for her brilliant and moving illustrations.

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Hakk o ve cover
February 26 2019


This strong and beautiful children book by Ragnar Aalbu is nominated to The Ministry of Culture’s prestigious Prize for Best CYA – Literature in 2018. Winner to be announced early March.

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