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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven

By: Nathaniel Ian Miller
Narrated by: Olafur Darri Olafsson
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Summary

Set in the decades between the two World Wars, the captivating story of one man who banishes himself to a solitary life in the Arctic Circle and is saved by good friends, a loyal dog and a surprise visit that changes everything.

In 1916, Sven Ormson leaves Stockholm to seek adventure in Svalbard, an Arctic archipelago where darkness reigns four months of the year, where he might witness the splendour of the Northern Lights one night or be attacked by a polar bear the next. After a devastating accident while digging for coal, Sven heads north again and ends up on an uninhabited fjord living in a hut he builds, alone except for the company of a loyal dog, testing himself against the elements. Years into his routine isolation, the arrival of an unlikely visitor sparks a chain of events that brings Sven into a family of fellow castoffs and determines the course of the rest of his life.

Inspired by a real life character and written with wry humour, in prose as beautiful as the stark landscape it evokes, The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven is a testament to the strength of human bonds, reminding us that even in the most inhospitable conditions, we are not beyond the reach of love.

©2021 Nathaniel Ian Miller (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"Nathaniel Ian Miller's vision of the Arctic is one of sharp-toothed beauty and harrowing, clarifying hardship. The men and women who manage to survive the landscape are transformed by the effort, forced to question who they are and who they want to be. Their surprising rule-breaking lives invite the reader on both a polar adventure and a consideration of what makes our lives worth living." (Caitlin Horrocks, author of The Vexations)

"A kind of Odyssey, complete with dogs worthy of Argos and a few precious human companions, this spare and unusual novel plumbs the dark side of polar narratives. Sven, as mysterious to himself as he is to us, is an unforgettable character." (Andrea Barrett, National Book Award-winning author of The Voyage of the Narwhal and Ship Fever)

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Was sorry it had to end!

Loved everything about this book. The pace, the sentiment. A life I am thankful to have experienced.

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A wonderful book.

A wonderful book by Miller, beautifully read by Darri. I enjoyed every moment. Darri's Icelandic tones are perfect, I wish more books set in the Nordic area were read by people who live there. His reading brings the book to life.
Hard lives lived in a tough landscape, which seems to seep in around the words. Lives of solitude lived with a few close people they cannot do without. A story of humanity, love and friendship, wilderness and a dog. The perfect accompaniment to long winter evenings. If your curiosity has brought you this far. put your ear buds in and sit back. You won't be disappointed.