Irmelin Sandman Lilius

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Irmelin Sandman Lilius (born June 14, 1936 in Helsinki) is a Swedish-speaking Finnish author. Her first book, Trollsång, was published in 1955. She has written picture books and novels for children as well as books for adults and poetry, and she also works as a translator and reviewer. Among her best-known works is the large chronicle about the fictive town of Tulavall on the south coast of Finland, which she has described in different times and from the point of view of different people, in more than a dozen books. She has also written several self-biographical works (some together with her sister Heddi), as well as novels with a heroine based on her daughter.

In 1957, she married the painter and sculptor Carl-Gustaf Lilius, and they were married until his death in 1998. In 2003, her biography of her husband was published, with the title Sjutusen år (Eng: "Seven Thousand Years").

Her books have been translated into 16 languages. Among the literary awards she has received are the Swedish awards Nils Holgerson-plaketten (in 1972), Astrid Lindgren-priset (in 1976) and Svenska Akademins pris (in 1987), and the Finnish awards Topeliuspriset (in 1980) and Statens barnkulturpris (in 1985).[1] She is also on the IBBY Honour List for 2002[2]


  1. ^ Irmelin Sandman Lilius biography and bibliography at Schildt's (Swedish-language site)
  2. ^ Honour List, International Board on Books for Young People