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Liza Marklund

If Sjöwall/Wahlöö created the modern Swedish police procedural in the 60s, Liza Marklund (b. 1962) revolutionized it in the late 90s with The Bomber, the first installment in a series that would become the most successful ever from a female Scandinavian writer.

Liza Marklund’s series about crime reporter Annika Bengtzon – in which life at a bustling tabloid and the conflict between motherhood and career set the stage for immensely suspenseful crime stories – quickly established the author as a bestseller worldwide. Since then, Marklund’s novels have sold more than 23 million copies in more than 40 languages. She is the recipient of a vast number of literary awards and prizes.

In addition to being an author, Liza Marklund co-owns Sweden’s third largest publishing house Piratförlaget, and has worked as a journalist as well as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

“It’s no accident that Liza Marklund is one of the most dynamic and popular crime writers of our time.”
–Patricia Cornwell

“It’s obvious why Liza Marklund is such a popular writer, and so beloved by her loyal fans. Her voice is crisp and clean, and she has a knack for building beautifully elaborate and suspenseful plots. Her storytelling captivates readers, keeping them guessing right to the end with twists and turns you never see coming. /…/ I am but one member of a steadily growing group of loyal fans.”
–Karin Slaughter

“Liza Marklund is in a league of her own thanks to her intelligent stories, her confident writing and her radical view on society. There is no doubt about it.”
–Henning Mankell

“An astonishing talent. /…/ Liza Marklund’s thrillers are stellar examples of those qualities inherent in the best fiction: She wholly immerses the reader in her world, and she writes with consummate intelligence, consistency and passion.”
–Jeffery Deaver

“Liza Marklund is the next great Nordic export for fans of crime fiction to discover. Her books deliver edge-of-your-seat suspense, sophisticated plotting, complex characterization, and unique locales. Enjoy!”
–Harlan Coben

“Liza Marklund’s thrillers are beautifully structured and tautly written. Dynamic plots with suspense throughout.”
–Kathy Reichs

“What impresses me most about Liza Marklund’s novels is that they are intelligent and gripping. As if that isn’t enough to raise them above just about everyone else’s work—Liza writes lively, often funny dialogue.”
–James Patterson


Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Polcirkeln The Polar Circle 2021
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Fiction) Sweden – Pärlfarmen Black Pearl Farm 2019
Crimetime Specsavers’ Honorary Award Sweden 2018
Radio Bremen’s Crime Award Germany – Järnblod The Final Word 2016
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Special Honorary Award) Sweden 2015
The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Nobels testamente Last Will 2013
Eurocrime Read of the Year (Favourite read of 2012) UK – Nobels testamente Last Will 2012
The Reading Relay Gold Medal Scotland – Sprängaren The Bomber 2012
The Platinum Paperback Award (Outstanding Paperback Sales) Sweden – En plats i solen The Long Shadow 2010
The Swedish Literary Award (Best Novel of the Year) Sweden – Livstid Lifetime 2007
Scanorama Awards (Scandinavian of the Year in the Literature category) Scandinavia 2002
St. Erik’s Medal Sweden 2002
Book of the Year Award Sweden – Paradiset Vanished 2001
QX’s Book of the Year Award Sweden – Paradiset Vanished 2001
Paperback of the Year Sweden – Sprängaren The Bomber 2000
Shortlisted for the Glass Key (Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year) The Nordic Countries – Sprängaren The Bomber 1999
The Swedish Union’s Award (Author of the Year) Sweden – Studio sex Exposed 1999
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Studio sex Exposed 1999
The Poloni Prize (Best Swedish Crime Novel by a Female Writer) Sweden – Sprängaren The Bomber 1998
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Debut) Sweden – Sprängaren The Bomber 1998
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Sprängaren The Bomber 1998
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The Polar Circle Trilogy

Annika Bengtzon


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Kiefer Lee;Annika Marklund; Stellan Herner; Linnéa Jonasson Bernholm; Stefan Tell; Thron Ullberg

The Adlibris Awards 2021

The nominees for 2021’s Adlibris Awards have been announced. Adlibris is the leading book retailer in the Nordics and the Adlibris Award was founded in 2019 to celebrate the site’s greatest titles. The 10 nominated titles in the 9 respective categories have been selected by a jury of Adlibris employees from all works published in 2021.

Fredrik Backman’s The Winners and Jonas Gardell’s A Happier Year are shortlisted in the ’Fiction’ category.

Amongst the nominated titles in the ‘Crime Fiction’ category are Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1795 and Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle.

Måns Mosesson’s just published Tim – The official Biography of Avicii is nominated in the Non-fiction category.

Two titles by David Sundin are nominated in the ‘Childrens’ category – The Book That Really Did Not Want To Be Read is shortlisted for ‘Children’s 0-6’ while his upcoming Trollformler och besvärjelser is nominated for ‘Children’s 6-12’.

Fans have until December 8 to cast their votes in each respective category. The winners will be announced on January 25, 2022.

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Photo credits: Kiefer Lee; Annika Marklund; Stellan Herner; Linnéa Jonasson Bernholm; Stefan Tell; Thron Ullberg

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‘The Polar Circle’ No. 1 in Iceland

Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle, the first installment in her new trilogy, was the most sold book in Iceland in October, across all genres.

Liza Marklund and Johan Theorin shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award

Liza Marklund and Johan Theorin have both been shortlisted for the prestigious 2021 Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for ‘Best Swedish Crime Novel’. Marklund is nominated for The Polar Circle and Theorin for his upcoming title Weathered Bones.

The winning author will be announced during the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Festival in Eskilstuna on November 19-21.

Jo Nesbø and Liza Marklund No. 1 in Sweden

Jo Nesbø and The Kingdom claim thet No. 1 spot on the paperback bestseller list in Sweden also this week. Liza Marklund similarly maintains her hold on the e-book list, where her The Polar Circle is No. 1.

The weekly Swedish bestseller list

Liza Marklund and Jo Nesbø divide the weekly lists’ No. 1 placements between them, with Marklund’s The Polar Circle coming in at No. 1 in audio and e-book and No. 2 in hardcover. Nesbø’s The Kingdom is No. 1 spot on the paperback list.

New on the lists are Jonas Gardell and Arne  Dahl, whose latest titles both debut in the hardcover category this week. Gardell’s A Happier Year does so at No. 4, and Dahl’s Meltdown at No. 5.

Liza Marklund and Jo Nesbø No. 1 in Sweden

Liza Marklund’s just published The Polar Circle goes straight to No. 1 on  the official list for hardcovers in Sweden. The paperback list’s No. 1 spot meanwhile goes to Jo Nesbø and The Kingdom, just out in paperback.

‘The Polar Circle’ published in Sweden

Liza Marklund radically reinvented the crime fiction genre in the late 90s with her legendary The Bomber, featuring crime reporter Annika Bengtzon. With her brand new novel The Polar Circle, a psychological thriller in the darkly humorous vein of Big Little Lies, she is once again breaking new ground in the genre.

Lolita. Roots. The Thorn Birds. Cop Killer. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It’s an eclectic mix of titles that reflects five distinct personalities on the cusp of adulthood, womanhood, and a permanent, deadly change. Welcome to the book club THE POLAR CIRCLE.

Travel north, to the quiet village of Stenträsk, where a crumbling bridge reveals its secret for the first time in forty years. A young woman’s headless body, preserved since the summer of 1980. What happened that August when one of the girls went missing, and how did it change the members of the book club The Polar Circle? What were their secrets, and which ones will come to light now?

The Polar Circle is the first installment in Liza Marklund’s Polar Circle Trilogy, and a riveting deep dive into the minds of five women – as they were then, girls about to graduate high school, and as they are now: mothers, widowed, closeted, ambitious, overlooked. Sex, jealousy, and the drive to escape one’s small-town roots had already predetermined the end of their girlhood alliance-slash-friendship. But what was it that demanded the life of one of them before they parted?

This is a thriller from the deepest north of Sweden, where Liza herself spent her formative teenage years in the ‘80s, just like the girls in the novel. Revisiting that time and place in The Polar Circle makes this remarkable and deeply personal novel dense with authenticity and presence.

The Icelandic bestseller lists for 2019

The official Icelandic bestseller lists for 2019 have just been published, and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is one of the names among the top spots. Sigurðardóttir’s latest installment in the Freyja and Huldar series, The Fallout, was published just last month in December, yet managed to find its way to the No. 3 position on the bestseller list for all categories, and the No. 2 spot in the fiction category.

Jo Nesbø meanwhile comes in at No. 2 on the translated fiction list, appearing with the latest Harry Hole novel, Knife. At No. 3 on the same list is Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm. The YA list sees Bobbie Peers grab the No. 7 spot with William Wenton and the Luridium Thief.

The Storytel Awards 2019

The nominees for 2019’s Storytel Awards have been announced. Previously known as the Grand Audiobook Prize, the Storytel Awards have been handed out to the best audio books in Sweden since 2007. The awards are split into five categories: Suspense, Fiction, Nonfiction, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for the Suspense award are: Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die, Anne Holt’s A Grave for Two, Kristina Ohlsson’s To Him Who Knocks, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, Jo Nesbø’s Knife, and Anders Roslund’s Knock Knock.

The Fiction nominees include: Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm, Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People, Simona Ahrnstedt’s Just a Little More, and Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794.

Fans will be able to vote for their favorites till January 17, and the winners will be announced at a gala event on April 2.

To cast your vote, click “Read more” below.

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