Swedish Book Review

There are two issues of Swedish Book Review each year, normally published for the London Book Fair in the spring and the Frankfurt Book Fair in the autumn. The SBR team comprises Deborah Bragan-Turner (Editor) and Fiona Graham (Reviews Editor), an office manager at Norvik Press and a large pool of volunteers, including an experienced editorial board, comprising Sarah Death, Marlaine Delargy, Tom Geddes, Peter Graves and C. Claire Thomson.


Swedish Book Review special issue 2013The main aim of SBR is to present Swedish literature to the English-speaking world. It carries translated extracts from the works of Swedish writers, a variety of articles and a wide range of reviews. SBR features not only established writers but also new or lesser-known ones and coverage also includes the literature of Swedish-speaking Finland.

Most contributors are based outside Sweden, but familiar with the Swedish scene: they can therefore provide a valuable international perspective. Through the medium of English, SBR is uniquely placed to promote Swedish literature worldwide.

SBR’s coverage ranges well beyond popular genre fiction to include literary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama and novels for young adults. Its seasoned pool of reviewers is a reliable resource for all those seeking information about new books from Sweden.

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A substantial number of free copies of SBR are distributed to publishers and others with a potential professional interest in Swedish literature in English. SBR’s readership is mainly in Europe (not least Sweden, where subscribers include libraries, schools and universities as well as private individuals) and North America; we also have readers in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Korea and India.

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SBR is editorially independent, but gratefully acknowledges substantial funding from the Swedish Arts Council. We are also grateful to have received several grants from the Swedish Academy, FILI (the Finnish Literature Exchange) and the Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation. Swedish and Finland-Swedish publishers and agents kindly provide books and permissions.

SBR prides itself on the fact that many of its contributors are practising translators. It is part of our role to encourage emerging translators from Swedish to English and offer them a chance to publish their work when it has reached the required standard.


Swedish Book Review 1987-1 IssueSwedish Book Review was launched in 1983 and published for the first twenty years of its life at St. David’s University College, Lampeter. In 2003 it moved to a new home with Scandinavian specialist publisher Norvik Press, then based at the University of East Anglia. In recent years, Norvik Press and SBR have been based in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at University College London.  

SBR is the journal of SELTA (the Swedish-English Literary Translators' Association). Its website features a selection of the material in the printed journal, plus all the reviews.  Please visit the SBR website.