Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Born (1963-08-24) 24 August 1963 (age 52)
Nationality Icelandic
Genre Crime fiction, children's books
This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Yrsa.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (born 1963) is an Icelandic writer, of both crime-novels and children's fiction. She has been writing since 1998. Her début crime-novel was translated into English by Bernard Scudder. The central character in the crime novels so far is Thóra Gudmundsdóttir (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir), a lawyer. She has also written for children, winning the 2003 Icelandic Children's Book Prize with her Biobörn.

Yrsa is married with two children, and she also has a career as a civil engineer.[1]


Crime novels[edit]

  • Þriðja táknið (2005), (English translation by Bernard Scudder: Last Rituals, US:2007, UK:2008)
  • Sér grefur gröf (2006) (English translation by Bernard Scudder and Anna Yates: My Soul to Take, 2009)
  • Aska (2007) (English translation by Philip Roughton, Ashes to Dust, UK:July 2010)
  • Auðnin (2008) (Veins of Ice) (English translation by Philip Roughton, The Day is Dark, UK:2011)
  • Horfðu á mig (2009) (English translation, Someone To Watch Over Me)
  • Ég man þig (2010) (English translation by Philip Roughton, I Remember You, UK:October 2012)
  • Brakið (2011) (English translation, The Silence of the Sea)
  • Kuldi (2012)
  • Lygi (2013)
  • DNA (2014)


  1. ^ "Yrsa Sigurðardóttir". Yrsa Sigurðardóttir on the Reykjavík City Library website. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 

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