Released on 04 June 2015.

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Wilful Disregard

A Novel About Love

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'Lena Andersson's Wilful Disregard is a story of the heart written with bracing intellectual rigor. It is a stunner, pure and simple.' Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

Winner of the August Prize 2013

Ester Nilsson is a sensible person in a sensible relationship. She knows what she thinks and she acts according to her principles.

Until the day she is asked to give a lecture on renowned artist Hugo Rask. The man himself sits in the audience, spellbound, and when the two meet afterwards, he has the same effect on her.

From now on Ester's existence is intrinsically linked to that day, and the chain of events that unravels will change her life forever.

Bitingly funny and darkly fascinating Wilful Disregard is a story about total and desperate devotion and about how willingly we betray ourselves in the pursuit of love.

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A compelling read, a deeply philosophical book that attempts to make sense of love in the modern world
Irish Examiner
Lean and compulsively readable . . . Andersson's sketching of the lovesick Ester and the preoccupied Hugo is so well done that every incensed text she sends him is another little piece of our collective heart as we follow a struggle that has existed for as long as human life: the lover and the loved.
'Andersson’s novel is refreshing for its willingness to look at sexual fixation with a woman’s gaze. I read Wilful Disregard full of both agonised secondhand embarrassment and admiration for Andersson’s crisp prose. Ester is maddening, lovable . . . and recognisable to anyone who’s ever had a day ruined by an unanswered text message.