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Lilja Sigurðardóttir


Lilja Sigurðardóttir was born in 1972. She studied pedagogy and education at the University of Iceland where she completed her B.A. degree. She has worked as a specialist in the field of education and edited school books for preschool. She is now a full-time writer.

Lilja's debut, the crime story Spor, was published in 2009 and well received. A year later she published her next story. In 2015, the first story of her trilogy, Gildran, (The Trap) was published which became very popular among both Icelandic readers and publishers abroad. The second book of the trilogy, Netið (The Net), followed the next year and in 2017 the last book, Búrið, (The Cage), was released. The books have now been translated and published in many countries.

In addition to writing thriller stories, Lilja has worked on screenwriting for television and written plays. Her play The Big Kids was staged by the theater company Lab-Loki and ran during the winter of 2012–2013. It received the Gríma Award as a play of the year 2014. In 2018, Gildran was nominated for the CWA Daggar Awared, an award from the British Crime Writers Association. In 2018 and 2019 Lilja received the Icelandic Crime Prize, Blood Drop.