Tom Ellett

Translator of literary fiction, narrative non-fiction and erotica from Norwegian and Swedish to English

About me

  • Native speaker of English, born and educated in the UK, lived in Canada 2007–17
  • Translator in full-time private practice since 1996, working mainly from Swedish and Norwegian to English, and occasionally from Danish, Dutch and German to English
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Linguists and Swedish-English Literary Translators' Association (SELTA)
  • Passed the American Translators Association (ATA) certification exam, Swedish to English, 2014
  • Passed the Canadian (CTTIC) translator certification exam, Norwegian and Swedish to English, 2007
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Translation, University of Surrey, 1996
  • General Degree of Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh, 1990

Published translations

Literary fiction

  • Hjalmar Söderberg: Martin Birck's Youth
    [Swedish title: Martin Bircks ungdom]
    Norvik Press, Norwich, 2004. ISBN 9781870041577

Genre fiction – erotica

  • Malva B: Desire—erotic short stories
    [Swedish title: Begär—oanständiga berättelser]
    Saga Egmont Lust, Copenhagen, 2019. ISBN 9788726267891
  • Several Kindle e-books from Swedish and German


  • Various sex education materials for RFSU, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education

Full-length book samples

Literary fiction

  • Maria Bouroncle: It Came to Me on a Whim
    [Swedish title: Det kom för mig i en hast]
    Translation commissioned 2020 by the author, who is currently marketing the English rights.

Narrative non-fiction

  • Anders Björklund: The G’psgolox Totem Pole. On the Art of Exchanging Gifts
    [Swedish title: Hövdingens totempåle. Om konsten att utbyta gåvor]
    Translation commissioned 2019 by the Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC, Canada. Publication cancelled for reasons unconnected with the translation. The English rights have reverted to the author.

More info

Literary and genre fiction • Short stories • Narrative non-fiction • Erotica and adult content • Creative commercial writing • Road and rail transport