Ossian is leaving the calm life in the little village Skillinge for the journey of his life, to the Danish island Bornholm. One day Majken finds a nice object on the beach, perfect as a decoration in her flowerbed, and the village has to be evacuated. Majken is ashamed, and relieved when everyone start to discuss where Ossian is. His house is empty and dark and he usually doesn’t leave Skillinge very often. His young friend Sara, fourteen years old, decides to find out what happened to him.
Majken deminer is Karin Brunk Holmqvists eleventh novel from her own universe in the very south of Sweden, Österlen. It is twenty years since she published her first novel, the great bestseller The Potencygivers, an anniverse to celebrate!
Money is not everything, and it’s definitely not a safe way to happiness – that’s something that the sisters Elsa and Julia Nilsson try to live by. So, when the lawyer Jörgensson reads their cousin Ulla’s will, they can’t belive what they hear. And when Ulla’s former lover shows up claiming the egg cups that he’s been promised things get even worse. Rumors travel quick when Julia accidentally put a little bit too much money in the Salvation Army box and the relationship between the sisters is tested when it turns out that Elsa is a little too easy to flatter.
Thankfully, they have the emergency bell right outside their front door and when they use it their neighbor Ragnar comes to their rescue.
Karin Brunk Holmqvist has for many years, in addition to her novels, written poetry about Österlen. With the same warmth and humor as in her novels, she writes about the love for Österlen and the closeness to reality. Many of the poems was included in the book Nära verkligheten (Close to Reality) that was published in 1996 with illustrations by Helge Lundström. My Österlen is a gift book, beutifully illustrated with watercolours by Hasse Karlsson, and contains a collection of Karin’s poems.
This is the story about the little village with the big future. In the village Spjutstorp in the region of Skåne, Sweden the store has closed and by the end of the year there will no longer be any buses driving through. But the locals are not ready to give up. They are convinced that their village will live on.
Edit is retired and lives with her brother Hjalmar. Once every month she meets up with her friends Gudrun, Carita and Kerstin for some winetasting. Though they have different views on wine, for sure, the meetings are the highlight of the month. Especially now when Hjalmar has been sneaking out in the middle of the night and their neighbor Greta is acting stranger than ever…
Berta and Gunnar has been fortunate to successfully acquire an allotment in Simrishamn next to their newfound friends Hjordis and Konrad. But while Berta and Hjordis grow their friendship through garden planning, drinking lemonade and secret plans, Gunnar tangle himself into a web of lies and embarrassment. All because he wanted to give his dear Berta a small flower …
It is autumn in Brantevik, a small village next to the Sea in the southeast of Sweden. The wind blows in the desert, cobbled streets and abandoned cats look with sad eyes towards empty vindows in summerhouses. Three old friends, Viola, Inez and Olga meet for an evening with coffee, chatting and needelwork, a tradition they care about a lot. The forth woman in the group is in Stockholm this week. Before they scrap their travellotteries from the local sportclub, they decide that if one of the wins, they all go. They are lucky, and the third of December all four of them enter the buss to a glittering christmas market in Germany. Their friendship will be put to the test but they will also experience coffee with music, stereo.
Erna is 34 years old and has never been kissed. At an auction she finds a pile of old books, once belonging to the late headmaster Påhlsson, and they open up her mind and her imagination. Out of one book falls a letter. An intense loveletter to the late headmaster from Maria. But Erna knows that his wife’s name was Marta!
Selma och Artur Jacobsson live at a small farm in Tommarp with their cat Murran and some hens. They are in their seveties, and a little nagging is the most exciting thing in their every day life. One day is there light in late Nils Blom’s house. His daughter Disa is back, and with her she brings new age and dream catchers. At the same time is a house along the street sold to a couple who arrange very strict religous meetings in their garden. Selma’s and Artur’s calm life is changing rapidly.
”Seeking Sirile Gentlemen. We’re two single women, 81 and 79 years old (one of us has a slight limp) and we’re both looking for a male companion. It would be wonderful if you lived in Tomelilla and have a car so that you can drive us to Kivik when the fruit trees are in bloom. /Last try/.”
Alma and Margit are neighbors and best friends. Their days pass slowly and pleasantly, but their peaceful existence is being threatened. Tomelilla County have plans to build a new road right across their properties and the women’s homes will be razed to the ground. The friends end up sharing a room at a retirement home while waiting for senior apartments.
Life at the retirement home is exciting. Alma and Margit discover that the grumpy director Ulla has steamy trysts with her lover in the bushes outside Alma and Margit’s room and when the lover, Kjell, turns out to be a local politician Alma starts concocting plans. She takes a compromising photograph with her old box camera and threatens to reveal them if Ulla and the politician don’t take action concerning the county’s construction plans: particularly the route across hers and Margit’s properties!
While a hysterical Kjell schemes at town hall, Alma and Margit devote themselves to buying their first pairs of long trousers – with elastic waistbands – and dream about meeting a nice man. The daydreams result in a personal ad with the headline: “Seeking Sirile Gentlemen.” Alma is the one who suggests it. She believes “sirile” has something to do with energy and happiness, though she’s not entirely sure …
Seeking Sirile Gentlemen is a novel about women with spunk, about lasting friendships and a reminder that life is wonderful and filled with hope!
The brothers Henning and Albert lead a quiet life outside a small village in beautiful Österlen in Sweden. Their days consist of bicycle excursions to the local store and discreet supervision of the old parental home. But times are changing. Their childhood home becomes a rehabilitation centre for women and there are rumours about strange circles in the brothers’ rape field. A small misunderstanding in front of a TV-camera and their quiet life is soon nothing but a memory.
The sisters Tilda and Elida Svensson lives a quiet and regular life in their parents’ old house in a small village in the south of Sweden. They cook jam, bake wonderful cakes, go to church and make nice broderies. But one day they get a new neighbour, the charming Deputy Director, Alvar Klemens, and life gets a new meaning.
One day, when Tilda and Elida sit in their garden, they see how a neighbourhood-cat with an enormous sexual enthusiasm courts his girl friend. Did it have anything to do with their new neighbour’s flowerpot containing a special plant that they’ve seen the cat eat from. Suddenly the sisters get a brilliant idea how to earn some money. They get into the viagra and potency strengthening business in their own special way….
Bonita is 57 years old and still living with her senile mother in their big villa in Ystad, a small town in the south of Sweden. She never really met any men in her youth and now she feels old and tired. Bonita’s best friend and neighbour Doris got married in her twenties and moved from Ystad. Thirty years later the uninspiring marriage is over, and when Doris’ parents die, she decides to move back to her childhood home next to Bonita.
Doris has always been the elegant one with her red nails and beautiful shoes. Bonita, on the other hand, is clumsy and shy with no experience of the “big world”. But when Doris comes home, their old friendship is soon rekindled, and when Doris finds out that the company she is working for is involved in strange activities, she starts making wild and fantastic plans. Soon their houses are filled with women in need and Doris’ employees get more and more nervous.