• Sweden's news in English
 
Brit turns Swedish dogs into English kids books
Jules Nilsson and the canine stars of her new book series. Photo: Jules Nilsson

Brit turns Swedish dogs into English kids books

Published: 07 Feb 2014 07:08 GMT+01:00

Jules Nilsson, 36, has been in Sweden for four years after leaving the busy streets of London for a life of serenity on the coastline of southern Sweden.
 
"Rather than choosing Stockholm, Gothenburg, or Malmö, we chose Ljunghusen in a forest on the beach," she tells The Local.
 
Ljunghusen, on the island of Fasterbo, became home for Nilsson and her family of five, but she admits she had to buy a dog "to bribe the children into coming along".
 
"They chose a big black Schnauzer who needs two hours of walking a day or he'll go crazy," Nilsson says with a laugh.
 
"But it meant that I was suddenly forced out in the spring, summer and winter, and spend time with the dog on the beaches. It was the most phenomenal experience I've ever had."
 
But turning the experience into poetry and painting wasn't an immediate choice for Nilsson, who dabbled in art dealing and designing furniture before deciding the Scandinavian art scene wasn't for her. 
 
And when the Brit came across another two local dogs who lived in the area, the visuals were simply too gripping for her to keep to herself.
 
"The three of them made an amazing visual picture, with their different colours and characters... living these idyllic lives. I realized that children around the world aren't exposed to such things. Children in London or Johannesburg don't know that the sea can freeze over," she says.
 
The result was The Hounds of Falsterbo, a five-part series of picture books and rhyming couplets.
 
Nilsson paints a pretty picture of Falsterbo over the phone, talking about the wild animals, the clear water, and the smell of pine forests. It appears her paintings of the same scenes have proved just as alluring. And it's not just the kids who are enjoying it. 
 
"It's nice to have a book around the house that you can enjoy equally as a reader, rather than these hideous, garish fantasy books. This is a great coffee table book, even the grown-ups like to pick it up and have a flick through," she says.
 
And the book has been swept up by the public. Nilsson says she sold 500 copies before she even had a copy printed for herself thanks to wild pre-release demand.
 
Now, she is working on promoting the books, and has already talked at bookshops in Malmö and London. Another session is planned for Stockholm's English Shop in Söderhallarna on Saturday afternoon at 1pm, where she will read from the books, sign copies, and run a Q&A session. 
 
A Swedish translation of the books is scheduled for the summer, together with an audio version that will be available online.
 
And what next for the dog-loving author?
 
"Well, the subject matter is so primal: the beach, the relationship between humans and dogs...I think it would be awesome to have a mini-series," Nilsson tells The Local.
 
"These dogs are going to be very famous one day, and personally I think it's lovely to be able to share a bit of Sweden with the world."
 
  • Location - The English Shop, Söderhallarna 134, Stockholm
  • Date - Saturday 8th February
  • Time - 13:00 - 14:00
  • Books' official website here

Oliver Gee (oliver.gee@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Dog killed after owner refuses to give phone
File photo: Bertil Ericsson/TT

Dog killed after owner refuses to give phone

Police in northern Sweden are on the hunt for three men who assaulted a dog owner and kicked the animal to death after he refused to hand over his mobile phone. READ  

Swedish PM hits out at mooted asylum changes
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven speaks to the press. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedish PM hits out at mooted asylum changes

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has criticised a proposal by the Christian Democrats party to reduce the costs of the asylum process and said the idea may boost the Sweden Democrats instead. READ  

Sweden to hire 1,000 to ease asylum flow
The inside of a Migration Board office near Stockholm. Photo: TT

Sweden to hire 1,000 to ease asylum flow

Sweden's Migration Board is set to hire 1,000 extra workers to deal with the influx of asylum seekers, an increased workload which has seen staff members working late nights and weekends. READ  

'Unprecedented' Russian activity: Armed Forces
Commanding Officer Göran Mårtensson. Photo: TT

'Unprecedented' Russian activity: Armed Forces

The Armed Forces have described the recent Russian military activity close to Sweden as "unprecedented", adding that the likes of which haven't been seen since the Cold War. READ  

Sweden joins 'The World' in Dubai project
The Heart of Europe project in Dubai. Photo: TT

Sweden joins 'The World' in Dubai project

Sweden is set to become an island in Dubai, complete with Viking longship-roofed villas, a floating restaurant and the chance to celebrate Midsummer with little risk of the customary rain spoiling the party. READ  

Swedish Honeymoon Killing
Dewani back in Britain after court acquittal
Shrien Dewani leaving Capetown, South Africa's airport on Tuesday. TT/AP Photo

Dewani back in Britain after court acquittal

British businessman Shrien Dewani arrived back home on Wednesday after being cleared by a South African court of murdering his Swedish bride during their honeymoon READ  

What's On in Sweden
What's On in Sweden: December 12th to 19th
Christmas markets in Stockholm's Old Town. Photo: TT

What's On in Sweden: December 12th to 19th

If you're stuck for a plan in Sweden this week you've come to the right place. Wrap up warm as the festive season gets into full swing across the country, as Umeå prepares to mark the end of its year as a European Capital of Culture. READ  

The Swedish town with the most 100-year-olds
The town has 22 people aged 100 or older. Photo: Shutterstock.

The Swedish town with the most 100-year-olds

Experts have been left scratching their heads as to why a town in southern Sweden has an unusually high number of centenarians - over 40 times more than the country's national average per capita. READ  

Christian Democrats: Cut refugee benefits
Christian Democrat leader Göran Hägglund. Photo: TT

Christian Democrats: Cut refugee benefits

The Christian Democrats have announced proposals to reduce the cost of the asylum process in Sweden, arguing that cuts are necessary to maintain "the legitimacy" of the system. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Interview: The Local chats with Melinda Gates
Society
VIDEO: Stockholmers try out some Swedish tongue twisters
Society
Eight things to do when it gets dark in Umeå
National
Inside Sweden's first 'light therapy' school
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching: December 17th
Blog updates

17 December

An Exclusive Interview with Melinda Gates (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"This week Nobel peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi urged the world to “globalize compassion”, as he..." READ »

 

14 December

A lot to learn (Blogweiser) »

" I went to the new Starbucks at the swanky Stureplan intersection in central Stockholm. They have a lot..." READ »

 
 
 
Estelle through the years
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Society
Why are there so many 100-year-olds in one Swedish town?
Society
Is it time to better celebrate Sweden's diverse identity?
Gallery
Property of the week: Huddinge
National
Why has The Local got a new logo?
National
CATCH UP: Russian plane in Baltic near-miss drama
Lifestyle
How my compass drew me to Sweden
National
The man whose memory you need to remember
Gallery
People-watching: December 13th - 14th
Sponsored Article
How to get your own office anywhere in the world
Politics
'Our party will stand alone': Stefan Löfven
Society
The Local chats to Ruben Östlund, director of Golden Globe nominated Force Majeure
Lifestyle
Ten things to know before a Swedish party
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: December 12th to 19th
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The 2014 Nobel Banquet
National
The Local's guide to the Nobel Prizes 2014
Education
Introducing... Education in Stockholm
Society
The Swedish Christmas market with a twist
Lifestyle
Why do so many Swedes have tattoos?
Society
Get 20% off Swedish Christmas decorations
National
Dewani family: We only heard half the story
Business & Money
Business in Stockholm: 'efficiency is money'
Gallery
Property of the week: Östermalm
National
Meet the Swedes hosting festive feasts for 'lonely' guests
Gallery
TIMELINE: Swedish honeymoon killing murder trial
Gallery
People-watching: December 7th
Gallery
IN PICTURES: What's it like to fly planes in Sweden?
National
Submarine hunters 'robbed' of reward cash
National
The Local's Countdown to Christmas
National
'Dangerous' USB charger recalled in Sweden
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Sweden's King and Queen wrap up France tour
National
Analysis: Should Snowden get asylum in Sweden?
National
Swedish schoolboy in female saint role row
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Sweden's political crisis unfolds
Gallery
People-watching: December 3rd
National
What happened to Sweden's ice bucket cash?
Lifestyle
Top Swedish songs of the month
National
Why a child footballer has a huge legal bill
Lifestyle
Top ten Swedish Christmas presents
Sponsored Article
SIS: the thinking behind globalised learning
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Family life in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

797
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se
The Local Spain is hiring!
The Local is seeking a new editor for our site in Spain to join our growing team of internationally-minded, driven, ambitious and clued-up journalists.
Details and how to apply
Counselling and Psychotherapy in English
Sometimes living in another culture can cause stress, confusion and feelings of sadness and loneliness. Talking to a professional psychotherapist/counsellor might help you. I am a UKCP Reg. psychotherapist. My practice is in Södermalm, Stockholm.
Contact me to discuss your options