Stories that touch and stay for a long time
Storytelling is something Johan Ehn has worked with for a long time. But in a different form than in books. He is an actor, director, play writer and artistic director at the theatre group Teater Barbara.
The YA title Down Under is Johan Ehn’s literary debut. He finds similarities in the two art forms, with both books and plays being about conveying feelings and to touch the reader/viewer. But in completely different ways. The story in Down Under first took form as an autobiographical play, but for various reasons it did not make it to stage. Instead he rewrote the story into a book.
2017 – Down Under (Down Under), YA novel
“I listened to this book last week and it stirred up a lot of emotions! I love how Jim dares to go his own way, I hate that he is so badly treated and, above all, I get a lump in my stomach to know the book is largely autobiographical. I really recommend the book, which is also very well read by the author himself.”
“I almost read the book in a one go, with great enjoyment. You’ve really found a nice tone and good structure on the story, and the book is captivating, touching and brave. I especially like that you let it have such a light basic tone, despite all that Jim is going through. A very strong debut, so just to keep going!”
“Well-written and personal, dramaturgy that increases the interest and keeps you in a grip until the end of the book. A novel as important for adults as for young people. One of the year’s literary highlights!”
“So strong and touching! I’m extraordinary touched after reading, taken by the whole story. Very well written too. The book is a ‘must’ read! Thanks Johan!”
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