Online launch of Gunnar Staalesen’s thriller Fallen Angels

Orenda Books is thrilled to announce that one of the Fathers of Nordic Noir, Gunnar Staalesen, will be ‘going live’ to celebrate publication of his seminal, award-winning Varg Veum thriller Fallen Angels, published in English for the first time.


Tuesday 24th November, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

  • Book Launch
  • Book signing
  • Online event
  • Questions & Answers
  • Signing


About the Event

Orenda Books is thrilled to announce that one of the Fathers of Nordic Noir, Gunnar Staalesen, will be ‘going live’ to celebrate publication of his seminal, award-winning Varg Veum thriller Fallen Angels, published in English for the first time.

Staalesen will be joined by his translator Don Bartlett, with proceedings led by Dr Jacky Collins (Dr Noir).

This event is free to attend, however we do encourage you to support the author in any way you can and Fallen Angels is available to order online now. Signed copies are available EXCLUSIVELY from our partner bookshop, Forum Books: HERE

To register email: cole@orendabooks.co.uk. You will receive a confirmation email once you register, and on the day of the event itself will be sent details for attendance. Please ensure you have downloaded Zoom. We will be taking questions on the day of the event via the chat function.

One of the fathers of Nordic Noir, Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway, in 1947. He made his debut at the age of twenty-two with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over twenty titles, which have been published in twenty-four coun­tries and sold over four million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, star­ring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Espen Seim. Staalesen has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour). Where Roses Never Die won the 2017 Petrona Award for Nordic Crime Fiction, and Big Sister was shortlisted for the award in 2019. He lives with his wife in Bergen.

Don Bartlett completed an MA in Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia in 2000 and has since worked with a wide variety of Danish and Norwegian authors, including Jo Nesbo and Karl Ove Knausgaard. He has previously translated The Consorts of Death, Cold Hearts, We Shall Inherit the Wind, Where Roses Never Die, Wolves in the Dark, Big Sister and Wolves at the Door in the Varg Veum series.

Dr Jacky Collins, formerly Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University in Literature, Film & TV and Spanish Language & Culture, currently based at Stirling University, is also known as Dr Noir. In 2014 Jacky established the International Crime Fiction Festival that is Newcastle Noir. More recently, she has been venturing into local radio, co-hosting a fortnightly crime fiction programme on SpiceFM, hosting on-line literary events with the Honey & Stag events team, and is part of the Corylus Books team, a new indie publisher of crime fiction in translation: from Romania, Iceland and beyond.

Fallen Angels
When Bergen PI Varg Veum finds himself at the funeral of a former classmate on a sleet-grey December afternoon, he’s unexpectedly reunited with his old friend Jakob – guitarist of the once-famous 1960s rock band The Harpers – and his estranged wife, Rebecca, Veum’s first love. Their rekindled friendship is thrown into jeopardy by the discovery of a horrific murder, and Veum is forced to dig deep into his own adolescence and his darkest memories, to find a motive … and a killer. Tense, vivid and deeply unsettling, Fallen Angels is the spellbinding, award-winning thriller that secured Gunnar Staalesen’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost crime writers. ‘‘One of the finest Nordic novelists – in the tradition of Henning Mankell’ Barry Forshaw, Independent

In conjunction with the Norwegian Embassy in London, Norla and Norwegian Arts.

About the Book

Fallen Angels
Fallen Angels

Gunnar Staalesen, Don Bartlett

Publisher:Orenda Books

Publication date:8 Sep 2020


Ever-dogged Bergen PI Varg Veum has to dig deep into his own past as he investigates the murder of a former classmate.