The English Bookshop Annual Coolest Christmas Signed Books Contest Ever, 2021 Edition

Christmas Signed Book Contest

So it’s that time of the year again and we thought we’d treat you to some stunningly cool signed books! Just join our contest by the end of the year and you’ll have a chance to win one of these beauties – all signed by the authors!

What to do?
1. Fill in the form, answering three terrifyingly complicated multiple-choice questions
2. No, that’s it. Then just wait and keep your book-loving fingers crossed.

The winners have been announced:
» Winners Christmas Signed Book Contest 2021

Support Matkassen this Christmas


It’s a wrap

We’ll wrap your Christmas book gifts for free in our shops, and instead ask you to kindly consider supporting the project Matkassen at Uppsala Stadsmission, fighting food waste and supporting people in need at the same time – a double whammy!

We have teamed up with Uppsala Stadsmission and Rotary to support the social project Matkassen.

Click Read more below for information on how to support Matkassen and more about the project.

Last call for special orders


Last call for special orders

Last Orders!! There’s still a chance to get your special orders in for Christmas for books not already in our 20.000 title stocked range!

Visit, call, email or send us a message and we’ll check with our UK wholesaler that they have stock and include it with our final Christmas order placed on Thursday morning. The deadline for you is Wednesday 15th at midnight.

And if Santa’s reindeer don’t get held up crossing the channel, your book will be here mid next week. Fingers crossed!

If you want to order anything from our regular hoard of books, we’ll be posting books to you for another week!

» email the Uppsala shop
» send a facebook message to the Uppsala shop

» email the Stockholm shop
» send a facebook message to the Stockholm shop

”The Squirrel’s Tail” – Author reading for children

The Squirrel’s Tail – author reading for children

UPPSALA | Saturday 11th December at 11:00

Join us in the bookshop to listen to the story about the bouncy squirrel Hazel and what happened when she lost her tail.

The Squirrel’s Tail is read by author Julian Reisz, who also will tell the story about how the book came to be. A great Christmas gift – get it signed by the author!

No need to sign up, just show up and join the fun!

» Visit the author’s website

» Like&Share this facebook event

”In Every Mirror She’s Black” – Meet Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström

Author event ”In Every Mirror She’s Black”

UPPSALA | Friday 3rd Dec at 18:30. Free, but ticketed – book your seat today!

Meet Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström, award-winning author, speaker, and photographer. Nigerian-American, based in Stockholm.

Presenting her praised debut novel In Every Mirror She’s Black, crowned by The Independent the “most thought-provoking” book on its list of 2021 Best Books by Black Authors.

An arresting debut novel for anyone looking for insight into what it means to be a Black woman in the world.

Friday 3rd December at 18.30
Free, but ticketed – book your seat today!

Click Read more for more information.

The Pastor – online event with Hanne Ørstavik & Martin Aitken

The Pastor - Online author conversation

ONLINE | Thursday 2nd December at 19:00.

Join us online for a conversation about language, belonging, a sense of home and community – and how to convey that in translation, as Hanne Ørstavik and Martin Aitken talk about Hanne’s in English recently published praised novel The Pastor (Presten), together with Hedda from the bookshop.

Give-Away! Join the livestream for a chance to win in a give-away! (Or catch the replay any time.)

» Watch on facebook
» Watch on youtube

Best Books of 2021 by Publisher’s Weekly!

Click Read more to read more about the book and author.

Meet Jen Campbell – online event


Meet Jen Campbell – online author event

ONLINE | Wednesday 24 November at 19:00

Meet Jen Campbell, author and booktuber, live in an online conversation with Fanny from the bookshop about Jen’s latest book The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers – and other gruesome tales.

They’ll talk about discovering and reclaiming old fairy tales from around the world, and about queer representation and positive representation of disfigurement and disability.

Give-Away! Join the livestream for a chance to win in our give-away, or catch the replay any time.

» View the livestream on youtube
» View the livestream on facebook

» Order personally signed books

» Share&Like the facebook event

Click Read More for more information.

Send in your Christmas orders


Get your Christmas orders in

SANTA’S WORKSHOP | ’Tis the season

Give Santa (and yourself) a stress free Christmas season – get your wishlists and orders in now!

Santa would like to remind everyone it’s time to get one’s wishlists (and book orders) in – especially since the lack of lorry drivers in the UK and general pandemic disruptions might make deliveries a tad slower than usual.

Bring your wishlists to the bookshop (or send them in) so Santa’s helpers at the bookshop can get your books in for Christmas. (As long as you’ve been nice, and not naughty...)

Santa also would like to add that this wouldn’t have been an issue if freighters would have listened to him and stuck to reindeer deliveries! (And Rudolph agrees).

Meet Elly Griffiths – online author event


Meet Elly Griffiths, in conversation with Pekka Heino

ONLINE | Thursday 18th November at 19:00

Meet Elly Griffiths (pen name of British author Domenica de Rosa) in this online conversation with Pekka Heino, book lover, television host, and friend of the bookshop, as they talk about writing and reading mystery novels.

You can also order books by Elly Griffiths and have them personally signed! Link below.

» View the livestream on youtube
» View the livestream on facebook

» Order personally signed books by Elly Griffiths

Click READ MORE to, well, read more.

Storytelling for Children – Sat 13 Nov

Storytelling for Children

UPPSALA & STOCKHOLM | Saturday 13th November at 11:00. Free!

Time for stories and tales in both bookshops on Saturday! Join Nancy in the Uppsala shop and Angie in the shop in Stockholm for a morning of stories and magic.