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Icelandic Writers in London

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  • Louise Jones
  • 23-05-2016 16:08:43

Nordic Noir has taken the world by storm, and Iceland is definitely making its mark on the Noir world. You might have seen the thrilling Trapped on TV this year, or picked up a copy of Ragnar Jonasson's Snowblind- but we're pretty sure that one way or another you'll have heard of Icelandic noir fiction even if you didn't realise it was Icelandic!

If you're a fan of Icelandic literature (and with 1 in 10 Icelanders having published a novel, you'd be hard-pressed not to be a fan!) you'll love Waterstones Piccadilly's event on 24 May. From 7pm Ragnar Jónasson and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir will be in conversation with Andy Lawrence about their latest books as well as previous work.

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir is the bestselling and award-winning Icelandic crime author of the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series, and since making her crime debut in 2005 her work has been translated into 35 different languages. Her work has been voted best crime novel in 2013 and 2015 by The Sunday Times and one of her stand-alone novels has been made into a film which is coming out this year.

Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series, and his debut Snowblind became an international bestseller within months of publication. His books have been praised for hitting the right note between Nordic Noir and Golden Age crime, which may come down to his having translated Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic since he was 17.

If you can't make the event at Waterstones Piccadilly tomorrow, you can meet Icelandic writers and other noir fans at the Iceland Noir festival, taking place in Reykjavik this November. Now in its third year, the festival promises a weekend of thrilling entertainment, including talks from Icelandic authors and the chance to explore the landscapes which inspired so many bestselling novels. Find out more here!

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