The Nordic Noir Book Club was mentioned in an article published on London Loves Business for which I was interviewed. The article captures many examples of the current interest in all things Scandinavian in Britain and London these days including food and design (with a good selection of Scandinavian hot-spots in London).
In the interview I claimed there might be a relationship between the recession and the wave of interest in the Scandinavian countries:
“I think there’s a reason that this has coincided with the recession. British people are familiar with Scandinavian values of social equality and social justice, which are some of the biggest issues in this country at the moment. There’s a sense of the nostalgic values of home, family and nature too, which is what Scandinavia seems to represent.”
Visit London Loves Business or access the article directly here.
At Nordicana, Barry Forshaw will be talking to Arne Dahl and the cast of the BBC4 show that bears his name; Barry’s also coming up with some challenging Nordic Noir quiz questions … see http://nordicnoir.tv/nordicana/
Keep an eye on this blog as our next event in the Nordic Noir Book Club takes shape. We have just confirmed that internationally acclaimed Icelandic author, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, will be joining the Nordic Noir Book Club in London on March 17. She will bring Icelandic “ashes and dust” to London, though, fortunately, only in the pages of her latest crime novel in translation: Ashes to Dust, trans. Philip Roughton. Hodder & Stoughton, 2010.
Learn more about the author from this site
Read a review of Ashes to Dust in The Independent (Aug. 2010)
Read our friend Maxine’s review on the Petrona blog (Sept. 2010)
More information will follow in our Newsletter, on Facebook and on this blog. In the meantime, read Ashes to Dust and the other crime novels byYrsa Sigurðardóttir, and reserve the evening of March 17 for what will surely be another fun, informative and social event. The primary organiser of this event is Teaching Fellow in Icelandic, Dr Reynir Þór Eggertsson, who will be assisted by the rest of the Nordic Noir team of staff and students in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at UCL.