I moved to Sweden in 2003 and was asked many questions by friends and relatives about what it was like to live here. So in 2006 I wrote an article called An Englishman in Little London for the Monthly magazine in Gothenburg about some of the experiences I had encountered, and to answer some of the questions folk back in the UK were asking. I then started to write the book from a first person perspective about my day-to-day life from 2003 onwards, but it didn’t work. I then decided to write it as a scrapbook of experiences that I had had and this seemed to work better. Of course, some of the events have been exaggerated for effect, and there are some errors and old information that only an edited and revised version can correct. This also raises the question if the book can be called non-fiction if some of the events have been slightly altered. Despite this, the events of the book did and do happen, and nothing written in the book is intended to be insulting towards the UK or Sweden. It’s simply a book about how I live now compared to how I lived then.
The launch of Keyhole Stories was a success and continues to sell as it is released as an ebook. It’s all due to the people who turned up for the launch on the 7th November and bought every last printed copy. We have since printed more copies for anyone else who is eager to read it. The ebook was released a week ago and is proving to be a hit amongst readers. Thanks to Folkuniversitet for their support and Kevin Frato for his continuing interest and guidance.