Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an international writing sensation and ‘Iceland’s crime queen’ (The Scotsman). Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers, she is a master of atmosphere who suffuses addictive procedural stories with the isolation and desolateness of her native country. We are delighted to welcome Yrsa to Norwich for the first time as the inaugural UNESCO Noirwich Writer in Residence, to discuss the relationship between place and environment in her writing. Please join us for this very special event exploring her world of dark, extraordinary and chilling Icelandic Noir.
‘Stands comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world.’ —The Times Literary Supplement
Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers, Yrsa Sigurdardottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1963 and works as a civil engineer. She made her crime fiction debut in 2005 with Last Rituals, the first instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. The second instalment, My Soul to Take, was shortlisted for the 2010 Shamus Award. In 2011 her stand-alone horror novel I Remember You was awarded the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award, was nominated for The Glass Key, and has been made into a film starring Jóhannes Haukur by ZikZak Filmworks. In 2015 The Silence of the Sea won the Petrona Award for the year’s best Scandinavian crime novel, and The Legacy, the first novel in the Freyja and Huldar series, was nominated for The Glass Key and won the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award. All of her books have been European bestsellers. @YrsaSig
‘Iceland’s answer to Stieg Larsson.’ —The Telegraph
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