The August Prize Winners of 2017: Johannes Anyuru (in the back). In front, from the left: Saga Miketinac, Fatima Bremmer, Sara Lundberg. Photo: Sören Andersson

The August Prize: best Swedish books

Who made the cut? The celebrated August Prize for best Swedish books have had its annual award ceremony. The prize, named after the Swedish author August Strindberg, is one of Sweden's most prestigious literary awards. Check out the winners of 2017!

Best Swedish Fiction Book of the Year

The Rabbit Yard
Johannes Anyuru (Norstedts Agency)
An intense story filled with sorrow over the state of the world today. It's about hope and hopelessness, about friendship and betrayal, and about the ugly theater of terror and fascism.

Best Swedish Children's & YA Book of the Year

The Bird Within Me Flies Wherever It Wants
Sara Lundberg (Koja Agency
Based on the life of artist Berta Hansson, but also a universal story of grief, longing, intransigence and the power of imagination to change.

Best Swedish Non-Fiction Book of the Year

The Lone Woman - The Extraordinary Life of Ester Blenda Nordström, 20th Century maverick reporter, adventurer and women’s rights activist
Fatima Bremmer (Bonnier Rights)
A living portrait of a Swedish journalist, adventurer and personality with a lifelong forbidden love for another woman. A book about writing and living at all costs.

The prize, named after the Swedish author August Strindberg, is one of Sweden's most prestigious literary awards.

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