The Iceland Invasion!
Join bestselling Icelandic authors Ragnar Jónasson and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
in conversation with Andy Lawrence
24 May 2016
Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. His debut Snowblind went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after publication, and became an international bestseller within a few months of publication. Ann Cleeves calls it ‘Seductive … Ragnar does claustrophia beautifully’, while Peter James says, ‘Ragnar Jónasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty … a must-read’. The next in the series, Nightblind, was published on 15 January, and the Sunday Express says ‘Jónasson’s books have breathed new life into Nordic noir’. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV‐news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and his books are described as ‘the perfect marriage between Golden Age crime and Nordic Noir’. The next in the series, Blackout, will be out in July.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir is the bestselling and award-winning Icelandic crime author of the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series, as well as several stand-alone thrillers. She made her crime fiction debut in 2005 with Last Rituals, the first installment in the Thóra series, and has since been translated into 35 languages. Her work stands ‘in comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world’, according to The Times Literary Supplement. Her standalone horror novel, I Remember You, has been made into a major motion picture, and will be in cinemas at the end of the year, while filming of the Thóra series for English language television is set to begin in the autumn. Someone To Watch Over Me was voted best crime novel of 2013 by the Sunday Times, and in 2015, Silence of the Sea won the Petrona Award. Her newest book is The Undesired.
Andy Lawrence is a commentator on European films, TV and literature. A longstanding appreciation of European culture started at an early age after seeing The Singing Ringing Tree and Kenneth Williams read Nils-Olof Franzén’s Agaton Sax stories on Jackanory. He has written for Scan Magazine, Nordic Noir and Beyond and academic journals. He is currently researching a book on Nordic cinema. He runs the blog Euro But Not Trash (https://eurodrama.wordpress.com/). He is @AndyLawrence5 on Twitter.
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