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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
When the Snow Fell
by Henning Mankell
Age Range: 12+
Now nearly 14, Joel makes three New Year resolutions. To see a naked lady, to toughen himself up and to see the sea. He is growing up and noticing girls and when The Greyhound’, classmate Eva-Lisa offers to teach him how to kiss he can’t wait to start, although the outcome is not exactly what Joel had in mind. Then there is the new shop assistant at Ehnström’s Grocery Store, Sonja Mattsson.
The humorous interludes are offset by the more serious undercurrents of Joel’s life. Joel has always had to be his own mother since ’Mummy’ Jenny left and he has had to look after his father as well, particularly when Samuel lapses into drinking again. When Joel saves old Simon Windstrom from death in the icy woods he becomes a local hero.