Icelandic novels making it big in Australia
With his latest offering Nightblind , Ragnar Jónasson is the first Icelandic author ever to have had two e-book bestsellers in Australia.
Jónasson previous novel Snowblind topped the Australian e-book charts one year ago, and this weekend Nightblind achieved the same feat – somewhat to the surprise of the author.
“Books are sold at a lower introductory price at the beginning to increase sales, but I was surprised on both occasions when the two books reached number 1,” Jónasson says.
The author’s books are selling well outside of Iceland and have now been sold to eleven different countries.
“Iceland is in fashion at the moment – it’s as if everybody is interested in Iceland and wants to know more about the country,” he explains. “Maybe I am just lucky to be writing stories set in Iceland and which are very Icelandic in nature!”
Snowblind and Nightblind are the first two books in Jónasson’s ‘Dark Iceland’ series, described by the author’s UK publishers Orenda as “tightly plotted, atmospheric, chilling and almost timeless whodunits.”
A third book, Blackout , is expected to come out later this year.