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text 2015-11-12 08:29
Sneak peek
The English cover of my latest book Hudlös. Skinless will be released in the spring.


“Years went by but all they knew was that he was Liam, unlike all the others. A little boy named Liam, himself and no one else. Nothing else was clear. Alice wished she could gather him up in her arms and hide him forever from all the fear and horror.”

Alice and Jonathan have a child, Liam, but Alice’s son brings her no joy. Something is very wrong. When Liam is eventually found to be seriously ill, the diagnosis tears the family apart. Alice is convinced she knows how to help her son, but Jonathan trusts the health care system and is determined to follow medical advice. Finally the only thing that binds the two of them is Liam himself, and the struggle to save him overwhelms them both. Nothing else matters, and their lives will never be the same.

Skinless is a powerful, unsparing and demanding story about a reality that touches the lives of many families.

“This hair-raising and horrible account of developing madness and a mother’s wild desperation at her son’s illness is deeply moving. The unsparing substance and precision of the language shows us the author knows this territory well. This is her third novel describing mental illness and social exclusion.”
— Lena Condelius, BTJ -häftet, edition 21, 2015

“Undertaking the composition of a novel like Skinless certainly means yielding to the powerful temptation to immerse oneself into the miseries of others in order to analyze them. Sandra Gustafsson knows exactly what she’s doing. She opens herself wide to us, in my opinion, much like an actor identifying entirely with a role. It’s a completely convincing achievement.”
— Anna-Charlotte Östman, LitteraturMagazinet

“Really forceful, gripping and harrowing! Book of the Month for August, 2015."
— Jennie’s boklista
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text 2015-10-06 10:51
Me, my books and I

Interview with me on a book fair in Sweden.


Video link.



We talk about my latest book Hudlös, and the fact that I always write about families with problems.

ps1 Maybe I can get you translated text, have to ask around.

ps2 Very sorry for the bad light, I was not so tired.

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text 2015-09-10 18:32
Book release

It was a nice evening at Akademibokhandeln (a large bookstore) in Stockholm. Hudlös is now officially released, yay.


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text 2015-09-08 05:14

It is time for this years book fairs.
The first one out is Östergötlands Bokmässa, were I will give a short lecture about my first book, the autobiographical narrative The Dandelion Kid (2006).

It´s been a while since I talked about it. Actually, at one point I was so tired of being The Dandelion Kid so I said I never speak about the book (and my life) again.

Well. Now I am.


The second one is Göteborgs Bokmässa, and there will be a live webb-tv interview (hope you understand what I mean) with me regarding my books, and the fact that all of them in some way is about families. 



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text 2015-08-15 23:32
So far
When I Found You - Catherine Ryan Hyde
Someone - Alice McDermott
The Ghost House - Helen Phifer
Journey by Moonlight - Antal Szerb,Len Rix
The Rival - Sandra Gustafsson
Hudlös - Sandra Gustafsson

What ever happened to this summer?

I´ve been working with the translation of my second novel (and third book) The Rival - (ready for pre-order here) and my new novel Hudlös (Skinless) that will be released in Sweden in two weeks.


I was supposed to read like 25 books - I´ve finished 3: When I Found You - Catherine Ryan Hyde, Someone - Alice McDermott  and Journey by Moonlight - Antal Szerb.

Almost half way thru The Ghost House - Helen Phifer now.


The best place to read this summer was in Greece.

Two weeks in Greece (with a three day stop by in Turkey to visit some friends) with my youngest son. Two weeks and only three books - I know, I really have to speed up a bit. 



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