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ABOUT ME

Anne has a unique way of telling stories from the little woman’s perspective. Tales with a darker outline and a huge social pathos is her hallmark as an author. 

Anne Liljeroth was born in 1963, in Skara, a small town in southern Sweden. But since long she resides in Stockholm and spend most her time writing in the summerhouse in the archipelago.

Previously Anne has been working with corporate communication in organisations and as an advisor, she has also being part of the mentor programme at The Swedish Association of Communication Professionals. With great commitment for preventing mental health Anne has engaged in a non-profit organisation, Tjejzonen, working with girls age 12 to 25.

Anne has taken classes in creative writing at the educational association Folkuniversitetet and has studied literature at Mid Sweden University.

Anne Liljeroth

THE BOOKS

Her debut novel Ordinary People (”Bara Människor”) was published in 2013 and the sequel, Ordinary People Forget and Move On (”Vanliga människor glömmer och går vidare”), a year later. Across the Street (”På andra sidan gatan”) is Anne’s third, novel. The novel I can´t stop crying (2019) has been acclaimed to give people with fatigue syndrome a voice. Later the same year Her green eyes highlighted loneliness and fragility. 2020 Pure hell was published, a warm history on searching for happiness in the wrong place. And in 2021 its successor, A pure conscience was published.

A Pure Conscience (2021)

The newly started cleaning company Exclusively Clean is up and running and Danuta fills her days with administration, a type of work she is not so comfortable with.
 
But she loves cleaning and continues to clean houses two days a week. But the hours are not enough, she is burdened with guilt for everything that should be done, her sister, and the summerhouse that also needs to be taken care of. 

The family therapeut Klara Winberg has been helping others for ages, but when things start to shake she does not know how to handle her own problems. The surgeon Claire Bromson has fulfilled her dream and after many years abroad she has moved back to Sweden, but now she faces unexpected difficulties at home. 

Danuta senses the moods in the houses of the both women and she cannot stand seeing their misery. Soon she offers her help, something that turns out to have devastating consequences.

A pure conscience is about dealing with your past, and that you might need a little push to get there.

Pure hell – in search of happiness (2020)

A warm story of seeking happiness in the wrong place and how the simple sometimes can be hard to see
 
Danuta is one of the most appreciated employees at Clean House Limited. She loves her job, the customers she works for and she knows all there is to know about cleaning. More and more often she starts to notice how bad her customers seem to feel, despite their successful lives.
 
The Seger family for example, they have stopped talking to each other. Caroline Seger is close to a breakdown. And Ossian Schröder, the famous fashion mogul, he is most certainly looking for the meaning of life where it is hard to find. 
 
With small gestures, hardly visible even for an attentive person, Danuta pushes her customers, trying to make them notice the good in life and appreciate what they have. But the messages are misunderstood, the intrigues seals and Danuta gets trapped in the middle. 

Her green eyes
(2019)

Isabelle is born with the greenest eyes you can imagine. Her mother, who carry them also, has told her this is why she is extra sensitive and emphathetic. 

Isabelle feels with people, carry their burdens. To avoid breaking down she has choosen to live alone, a choise that with age is starting to worry her. She is getting afraid of loneliness.
 
This is a story about a mother-daughter relationship. It´s a story about relating to your heritage. We can accept them or we can deny them, but they are there. 

When Isabelle meets Margareta, who is a patient at the hospital where Isabelle works, the stumbles upon a family secret and starts searching for a larger context. What is it that she has inhereted? She becomes obsessed with knowing her background, who she is and what she carries. She wants to know the truth about herself.

It is up to the reader to decide if she succeeds.

I can’t stop crying
(2019)

A warm story of seeking happiness in the wrong place and how the simple sometimes can be hard to see
 
Danuta is one of the most appreciated employees at Clean House Limited. She loves her job, the customers she works for and she knows all there is to know about cleaning. More and more often she starts to notice how bad her customers seem to feel, despite their successful lives.
 
The Seger family for example, they have stopped talking to each other. Caroline Seger is close to a breakdown. And Ossian Schröder, the famous fashion mogul, he is most certainly looking for the meaning of life where it is hard to find. 
 
With small gestures, hardly visible even for an attentive person, Danuta pushes her customers, trying to make them notice the good in life and appreciate what they have. But the messages are misunderstood, the intrigues seals and Danuta gets trapped in the middle. 

Across the Street
(2016)

Alex and Gabriella are everything for each other, but they are also opposites. He came to Sweden as a grown up, she is born here.
 
When the refugee camp outside town are to be closed Alex gets in contact with Gabriellas mother, who is the bishop in town. She is interested in letting the church help out, but Alex is afraid this will affect his relationship with Gabriella since she and the mother not are on terms. Will he disappoint Gabriella? Is he setting the love at risk?

Gabriella also wants to help out and, without telling Alex, she contacts a local entrepreneur with a bad reputation. Not aware of each other´s plans the struggle, towards different goals. How much does love cope?

 Across the Street is a feelgood which explores prejudices and cultural differences.


Said about the book

“A novel that really leaves an impression. The universal topic of love, fear and family all comes together in Anne Liljeroth's “Across the street”. The set up is at first glance quite soapy but soon enough I am truly captivated by Anne's storytelling of love, differences and fears, the ever currant themes that in able hands like this to becomes the foundations for a really good read like this one.” - Olle Lundqvist, Norran

Ordinary People Forget and Move On (2014)

A lot has happened since journalist Saga Widerbeck moved to Smedjegatan 6 a year ago. 

The building has been renovated and its residents have become even more wary and on guard – nobody knows who Saga will expose next. Saga’s book about the life of Ms. Andersson stirs up emotions and she begins to feel an impending threat coming from somewhere.

When handsome entrepreneur Anders Månsson decides to return to his old hometown with a secret agenda in tow at the same time as former bank manager Per Nordner tries to clear his name, things become more than shaky. Things are not what they appear to be, a lesson Saga has to learn the hard way. Can she possibly set things straight or is it too late?

 
Said about the book

“Shame. Revenge. Fear of anything new. Anne Liljeroth deals with big questions in her second novel, but it never gets too heavy or difficult. It's rather witty in a subtle way, dealing with the narrow-mindedness of small towns, human yearning and the exposed vulnerability of young people.” - Kerstin Särneö, Tara Magazine

Ordinary People
(2013)

In an attempt to find her roots, journalist Saga Widerbeck decides to move back to the town where she grew up. 

With her mind set on getting even with those who hurt her so long ago, she moves into a flat on Smedjegatan (”blacksmith street”) 6. Suddenly she finds herself face to face with her new neighbours Patrick, Per, Ms Andersson and Wille, all of who have their own stories and their own agendas. Saga wants them to remember what they did to her all those years ago as well as see the successful person she has become today. But things don’t really go according to plan ...

Ordinary People is a story about life’s contradictions, about preconceptions and about the yearning for vindication and reparation – a story about the art of forgetting, forgiving and moving on. Most of all, Ordinary People is a story that doesn’t leave any reader unaffected or untouched. What will actually happen to the residents of Smedjegatan 6?

Said about the book

“A truly delightful read and easy to identify with; that just about sums it up. Anne Liljeroth writes incredibly well in her debut novel “Just People”. Above all, I like how she captures the perspective of the different people in a way that does not give a simple, one-dimensional view of the characters, good or evil, which is usually the case. Just like in real life, each personality is multifaceted and the purpose of their actions are not always that obvious.” - Culture writer Åsa Mwansa, Skaraborgs Läns tidning