Until recently, Iceland’s biggest exports were aluminium and fillets of fish – but things are changing. Suddenly, it is the country’s crime writers that are in demand. Led by the Queen of Icelandic Noir – and former Bute Noir guest – Yrsa Sigurdardottir, a wave of stunning crime fiction voices has emerged. Arnaldur Indridason is firmly established and Ragnar Jonasson has hit the top of international bestseller charts. Others are fast on their heels, none
more so than Lilja Sigurdardottir. And for everyone wondering…no, Lilja and Yrsa are not sisters. The Iceland naming system is a patronymic one, meaning that Lilja is the daughter of Sigurdar, and Yrsa is the daughter of a different Sigurdar. Got it? Good.
Lilja was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland, she has now written four novels, three of which have been translated into English. Her debut Snare, the first in the Reykjavik Noir series, hit bestseller lists worldwide. Trap was published in 2018, and was the Guardian’s book of the year.
Saturday, 3 august 12.30pm – 1.30pm
“The Lady Killers”
Alexandra Sokoloff, Liz Nugent and Lilja Sigurdardottir
Saturday, 3 august 5pm – 6pm
Thomas Enger and Lilja Sigurdardottir