Malin Persson Giolito

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Malin Persson Giolito
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Swedish writer Malin Persson Giolito at Helsinki Book Fair in 2009
Anna Malin Ulrika Persson Giolito

(1969-09-25) 25 September 1969 (age 49)
ResidenceBrussels, Belgium
EducationUppsala University
OccupationLawyer, Author
Notable work
Störst av allt (Quicksand)
Home townDjursholm, Sweden
Spouse(s)Christophe Giolito
Parent(s)Leif G. W. Persson (father)
Birgitta Liedstrand (mother)

Anna Malin Ulrika Persson Giolito (born 25 September 1969 in Stockholm) is a Swedish author and lawyer. She is the daughter of novelist and criminologist, Leif G. W. Persson. Persson Giolito wrote the award-winning book Störst av allt (Quicksand) which has won the awards for Best Swedish Crime Novel in 2016, Glass Key Award in 2017 and the Prix du Polar Européen in 2018.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Malin Persson Giolito was born 25 September, 1969 in Stockholm, Sweden to novelist and criminologist, Leif G. W. Persson and Birgitta Liedstrand. She grew up in Djursholm, Sweden.[1]


Malin Persson Giolito at the award ceremony of "Bonnier's Book Clubs' Book of the Year Award" at the Gothenburg Book Fair on September 29, 2017, where she reached 2nd place with her book Störst av allt.

Persson Giolito graduated from Uppsala University in 1994 and initially worked at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.[3] She earned a master's degree in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.[3] She has also studied at Stockholm University in Sweden and at the Université catholique de l'Ouest in France.[3]

From 1997 to 2007, Persson Giolito was employed by the law firm Mannheimer Swartling but left when she was expecting her third child.[4] In 2008, she worked as a lawyer in competition law at the European Commission in Brussels and begin writing novels with her first, Dubbla slag, being published by Piratförlaget.[4]

Since 2015, Persson Giolito is a full-time author and lives in Brussels with her family,[5] she also writes for the magazine, Amelia, where she discusses literature.[6]

On July 5, 2017, Persson Giolito hosted the Sommar program on Sveriges Radio P1.[7]


Persson Giolito writing debut began in 2008 with the novel Dubbla slag. The debut was followed in 2010 with the thriller novel Bara ett barn and in 2012 with Bortom varje rimligt tvivel. In 2016, the multi-award-winning thriller Störst av allt was published.

In September 2017, it was announced that Netflix had ordered an adaption of Störst av allt (Quicksand) to be developed into an eponymous crime drama series, Quicksand (Störst av allt), and would partner with FLX to produce the series.[8] The series premiered on April 5, 2019.[9]

Her latest book Processen was released in 2018.


Year Title Publisher ISBN Pages Note
2008 Dubbla slag Piratförlaget 978-9-146-23462-3 380 Currently published
by Wahlström & Widstrand
2010 Bara ett barn 978-9-146-23461-6 371
2012 Bortom varje rimligt tvivel 978-9-146-23459-3 453
2016 Störst av allt (Quicksand) Wahlström & Widstrand 978-9-146-23241-4 367
2018 Processen Bonnier Bookery 978-9-188-70405-4 70




Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2016 Störst av allt (Quicksand) Best Swedish Crime Novel Award (Swedish Crime Writers' Academy) Won [11]
2017 Bonnier's Book Clubs' Book of the Year Award 2nd Place
Glass Key Award (Scandinavian Criminal Society) Won [12]
2018 Prix du Polar Européen (European Crime Fiction Prize) Won [13]
Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year (Petrona Award) Won [14]


  1. ^ a b "Malin Persson Giolito – Ahlander Agency". Ahlander Agency. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Skavlan, October 19". Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "En framgångsrik jurist bör också få vara mamma - Lakimiesuutiset". Lakimiesuutiset (in Finnish). 7 January 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b Lagerblad, Anna. "Oväntad smäll i glastaket". (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Malin Persson Giolito - Wahlström & Widstrand". (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  6. ^ Persson Giolito, Malin. "Malin Persson Giolito tipsar om böcker" (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  7. ^ Radio, Sveriges. "Malin Persson Giolito - Sommar & Vinter i P1". (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (7 September 2017). "Netflix Orders Swedish Thriller Series 'Quicksand'". Deadline. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  9. ^ Nicolaou, Elena (April 5, 2019). "What Is Netflix's Surprise New Show Quicksand?". Refinery29. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  11. ^ "Malin Persson Giolito wrote this year's best performer". Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Glasnyckeln 2017 till Sverige och Malin Persson Giolito". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  13. ^ magazine, Le Point, (5 April 2018). "Malin Persson Giolito remporte le prix « Le Point » du polar européen". Le Point (in French). Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  14. ^ "The Petrona Award 2018 - Winner". Retrieved 8 June 2018.

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