30 March 2009

Jan Guillou's The Road to Jerusalem
available in UK

A change of pace for you crime readers — a trilogy of medieval adventure novels set in 12th century Sweden and the Holy Land, featuring the great warrior and Templar knight Arn Magnusson. The first volume takes place entirely in Sweden, mostly in Western Götaland to be exact, to the northeast of Göteborg (Gothenburg), and deals with Arn's early life in a Cistercian monastery, clan warfare, and his love affair with Cecilia. This starts Arn on his "road to Jerusalem," but I don't want to spoil the story by telling you why. There is plenty of crime, sin, punishment, and other good stuff, though. The trilogy is the basis for a big-budget movie that took the viewers' prize for the best film of the year in Sweden when it was released in 2008. Coming soon to a screen near you.


  1. One of my best friends in Sweden couldn't believe I didn't know about Arn, last year when she talked about the film. I had to point out, yet again, that Swedish news is just that. Swedish. And it takes a while before it moves abroad, if it ever does.

    I'm off to see Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in), which I understand will scare me witless. So if you don't hear from me again, you'll know why...

  2. You might try The Local for Swedish news in English online: www.thelocal.se/

    After looking at the trailer for Let the Right One In, I'm gonna pass. I'm scared enough already. Yowie!

  3. I know! Youngest child said she would NOT want to see it. Am hoping to hold hand of oldest child, to prevent me from running out screaming.