When the Sky Falls Down
Three days before the sky comes falling down, Johan Ripås gets off a boat on an island in Kenya to film the construction of a new coal plant. A few weeks later, he is boarding a plane to bring his youngest son back to Sweden to get the best paediatric oncology care available.
In his new book, Ripås retells the hard and confusing journey from his home in Johannesburg to his hometown of Stockholm under circumstances no parent would ever wish upon another person.Due to his and his family’s unique living conditions, which sees them move from one continent to another, Ripås encounters different kinds of compassion and pity along the way.
When the Sky Falls Down is Ripås’ third book and based on his own life experiences with becoming the parent of a sick child and how to make sense of a world which already offers so little protection against grief.
“One of the most popular books on Nextory right now is When the Sky Falls Down by Johan Ripås. A beautiful story which shows that life can change in an instant. No matter who we are, where we are or what plans we might have in life.❤️”
“This is painful reading for all parents - yet it’s also full of hope. Johan Ripås shows that we can survive the worst that life may throw at us. With a distinct lack of sentimentality, he takes us on an emotional journey that could change your life.”
Editor's Choice, Book of the Month Book Club
"I finished When the Sky Falls Down by Johan Ripås recently and I thought it brilliantly describes what happens when someone you love gets diagnosed with a serious illness."
Kulturkollo book blog
“Reading Tips - SVT correspondent Johan Ripås usually monitors Africa's dramas. Now we get to read about his own. This is chilling reading about various horrors and insecurities yet it also contains a lot of love. When the Sky Falls Down - remember that title”
“This is personal, well-written, heartbreaking yet heartwarming too. A book that is difficult to put down and which pulls at your heartstrings without it being too dark.”
Caroline's book life blog
"There are many autobiographies by people suffering from cancer and other diseases out there. Now, SVT correspondent Johan Ripås is adding to this genre with not only his personal account, but also something which acts as a tribute to children’s cancer care in Sweden. The book isn’t sentimental and is written with honesty ... The majority of all children suffering from leukemia do go on to live healthy lives. That’s the good news and is something that Johan Ripås is right to remind us of.”
"When the Sky Falls Down is a personal story, based on the diary the author started when his family discovered that their youngest son, just three years old, had leukemia. The book looks at their suffering and the whole range of emotions which results from such a tragedy. It’s straight-forward and honest and the personal voice shines through. The rawness of the prose is one of the book’s biggest strengths.”
On the day of his mother’s death the reporter John wanders into a church in Stockholm. He stumbles upon a stabbed woman, lying in a church bench. She is covered in blood, but refuses his help. Instead, she hands him a USB-stick and whispers her final words:
“Go to Kenya ... alone. Find Stella Mwangi from Kiambu.”
Meanwhile, a Kenyan woman wakes up next to a dead body in a shabby hotel room in Mombasa. Through a window she sees a white man giving orders to the police. When he turns and stares right at her, she knows she must run for her life.
Invisible Masters is a fast paced thriller moving between the newsrooms in Sweden and international secret services in Africa. It is a deadly race, where nobody can be trusted.
”A book that has received a lot of praise. And it is exciting … Prepare yourself to consume this book as you would an easter egg, in a heartbeat.”
Annelie Henrysson, Blekinge Läns Tidning
”Invisible Masters is a smart political thriller that combines suspense with food for thought.”
Bokbloggen Johannas deckarhörna
”Invisible Masters is a truly exciting page-turner and a well written thriller that keeps you on your toes from start to finish. As far as I understand a sequel is on its way, and I really look forward to reading it!”
Bokbloggen Bina's blogg
”With Invisible Masters, Johan Ripås has written a smart political thriller with several strengths: sharp and often funny observations from both Kenya and the hipster world of Stockholm, good dialogues and an active storyline.”
Elisabeth Brännström, BTJ
”Ripås is a correspondent in Africa and can add spice to the story with some real interesting descriptions of the backdrop. A political thriller would be the best label.”
Ragna Fahlander, Gefle Dagblad
”A dramatic and suspenseful international thriller … The book has strong characters, but it really is the depictions of Africa that I carry with me. The author succeeds in describing life at different levels in Kenya in a way that engages the reader … This is his debut in the thriller genre. A very promising debut. I really look forward to read his next book.”
Nisse Scherman, DAST
”Ripås has said that the journalist within him was disturbing his writing process, but I think that it’s to his advantage. Journalist Ripås knows his Nairobi, the vivid images he is providing convey smells and fears … The sequel begins by Lake Kivy in eastern Congo-Kinshasa, at the border of Rwanda. I would love to read that one as well.”
Ylva Nilsson, SR Kulturnytt i P4
It’s a summer in the mid ‘80s. The Cold War is a constant presence, and everyone fears the nuclear bomb. Synth kid John tries to stay away from home and his alcoholic stepfather as much as possible. His best friend Anton is struggling with his own neglecting family. Together the two of them try to figure out the way of life and particularly adulthood.
They meet Peder, who all of the sudden moves in to the abandoned house by the lake. He’s possibly the smartest man they’ve ever met, or the craziest. It will be an unforgettable summer where freedom accompanies abandonment, when the first love and the strongest friendship will be challenged.
Forever Young is a humorous yet melancholic novel about being young and free in an ever-changing world. It is also a story about Sweden in the past and the present.