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David's Bookshop, Music & Cafe is located in Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE
Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE

Lars Mytting will Talk About and Sign his Novel, The Bell in the Lake

We apologise but the event has been cancelled - Lars will no longer be travelling to England.

  • Wed Mar 18, 2020 - 19:30
  • David's Bookshop

Norway, 1880. Young, inquisitive Astrid is unlike the other girls in the secluded village at the end of the valley. She dreams of a life that consists of more than marrying, having children, and eventually dying from hard work in the fields. And then the young pastor Kai Schweigaard comes into her life.

Kai Schweigaard has taken over the small parish of Butangen, with its 700-year-old stave church and its legendary bells whose history is tied irretrievably to Astrid’s ancestors. It is said that the bells ring when danger is imminent. But Pastor Schweigaard wants to tear down the church and to replace it. So he invites a young, talented architecture student Gerhard Schönauer from Dresden to oversee the removal of the church and its reconstruction in the German city. For Astrid this is a provocation too far. She is determined that the bells must stay in her village. But Astrid falls in love with Gerhard. He is so different from the young men in Butangen: modern, cosmopolitan, elegant, he even smells different. And she must make a choice: for her homeland and the pastor, or for an uncertain future in Germany. Then the bells begin to ring…


LARS MYTTING’s novel Svøm med dem som drukner (published in English as The Sixteen Trees of the Somme) was awarded the Norwegian National Booksellers’ Award and has been bought for film. Norwegian Wood has become an international bestseller, and was the Bookseller Industry Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2016.

Many thanks  to the Norwegian Embassy and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union for their support.