Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Born (1972-08-24) 24 August 1972 (age 44)
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 in 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 her crime novels so far is Thóra Gudmundsdóttir (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir), a lawyer. Yrsa has also written for children, and won the 2003 Icelandic Children's Book Prize with Biobörn.

Yrsa is married with two children, and she 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:2012)
  • Brakið (2011) (English translation by Victoria Cribb, The Silence of the Sea, UK:2014)
  • Kuldi (2012) (English translation by Victoria Cribb, The Undesired, UK:2015)
  • Lygi (2013) (English translation by Victoria Cribb, Why Did You Lie?, UK: 2016)
  • DNA (2014)
  • Sogið (2015)


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

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