Countdown to publication: Rupture Day 8

Countdown to publication: Rupture Day 8

It’s DAY EIGHT of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the eighth of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads).

Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE.

The next Santa is Skyr Gobbler (Skyrgámur in Icelandic)! It won’t surprise you to learn that he has his eye on the skyr – a delicious strained dairy product, a bit of a cross between yoghurt and soft cheese – that is traditionally served with milk and a sprinkling of sugar. Skyr Gobbler perches on the rafters to await the moment when he can slip down and polish off any skyr in the house. He arrives on 19th December and leaves on 1st January, and he’s said to be the size of a bull – the result, no doubt, of this high-protein food! Like the other Santas, he might leave a small gift for well-behaved children, but they are likely to miss out on their usual breakfast when he’s in town!

Skyr Gobbler was greedy for good food
and often sat on the roof beam in the larder.
When the door to the larder closed
He stole down and had himself some skyr.
Some of it of course landed on his clothes
and his beard became all spotted with the stuff.

AND to celebrate the eighth day of the RUPTURE countdown, we’ll be giving away a signed first edition of Agnes Ravatn‘s chilling psychological thriller The Bird Tribunal, beautifully translated by Rosie Hedger! It’s a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime in January, and we’ve only got a few copies of the first edition left!

Either share on Facebook or retweet on Twitter to be in with a chance of winning! We’ll announce the winner of the previous day’s draw when we post details of the next Santa!

You can preorder RUPTURE here