IR contributor Edward Hancox has just released a free bonus chapter of his debut Iceland, Defrosted. Hancox, who is from Shropshire in the U.K., was inspired to write the book after falling in love with Iceland on his first visit more than nine years ago, as stated in a press release from the author. The book was published earlier this year by SilverWood books and has reached the top of the Amazon Bestseller lists for books about Iceland.Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
Meanwhile, Steinar Bragi’s The Haunting of Reykjavík, a book about the capital’s most infamous modern ghost stories, was recently released by Forlagið.
Also published by Forlagið is Living Earth by Ari Trausti Guðmundsson and Halldór Kjartansson. The book is described as a “journey through the geological history of Iceland.”
Also out through the same company is Black Sky by Aðalsteinn Ásberg Sigurðsson and Nökkvi Elíasson. The book combines photographs of abandoned farms in Iceland and poems telling the story of the deserted buildings.
In other literature-related news, the nominations for this year’s Icelandic Literary Prize were announced on Monday.
The books up for the award are:
Children’s and Youth Literature: Tímakistan by Andri Snær, Múrinn by Sif Sigmarsdóttir, Strokubörnin á Skuggaskeri by Sigrún Eldjárn and Vísindabók Villa by Vilhelm Anton Jónsson.
Fiction: Sæmd by Guðmundur Andri Thorsson, Mánasteinn by Sjón and Dísusaga by Vigdís Grímsdóttir.
Educational: Vatnið by Guðmundur Páll Ólafsson, Leiftur á horfinni öld by Gísli Sigurðsson and Fjallabókin by Jón Gauti Jónsson.
Icelandic Translation: Rannsóknum Heródótusar, a translation of Herodotus by Stefán Steinsson.
The Icelandic Literary Prize was first awarded in 1989.