Yrsa Sigurdardottir began her writing career by writing children’s books. She wrote five in all and during this period she received the Icelandic Children’s book award as well as the Icelandic IBBY prize for children’s literature.
Yrsa is, however, best known for her contribution to crime fiction. She is the author of the Þóra series, crime novels featuring lawyer Thora Guðmundsdóttir, as well as the more recent series featuring policeman Huldar and child psychologist Freyja. Yrsa’s crime novels have been successful internationally and have been translated to over 30 languages. Two of her novels have been selected by the Sunday Times as the crime novel of the year. In addition, Yrsa has won several prizes for her crime fiction novels, including the Petrona award for best Scandinavian Crime fiction in 2015. In 2017 Yrsa won the Palle Rosinkranz prize in Denmark in 2017 for best crime novel.
In addition to writing for children and crime fiction, Yrsa has written two standalone horror novels. A movie based on her first such novel, I REMEMBER YOU, premiered in May 2017 and adaptation for the big screen has commenced for the latter. The Thora series is furthermore being adapted for English language television and the Huldar and Freyja series has recently been purchased for feature on television as well.
Yrsa is a civil engineer by trade and still works as such in her native Iceland.
Yrsa Sigurðadóttir will be reading at Gljúfrasteinn – the preserved home of Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness – during stops on all three of the Iceland Writers Retreat literary day tours taking place on Thursday 12, Friday, 13 and Saturday 14 April.