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Lilja Sigurðardóttir

crime writer




Lilja Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic crime-writer born in 1972. She is the author of novels, stageplays and screenplays. 


Steps (Spor), 2009
Forgiveness (Fyrirgefning), 2010
Snare (Gildran) 2015 (Reykjavík Noir 1)
Trap (Netið) 2016 (Reykjavík Noir 2)
Cage (Búrið) 2017 (Reykjavík Noir 3)
Svik (no English title yet) 2018 

Lilja´s latest book, Svik is a standalone thriller with a political twist and will be published in Iceland in October 2018 by Forlagid publishing. 

Awards and nominations:

2014 Icelandic Theatre Prize Gríman for "Best play of the year" for Big Babies (Stóru Börnin)
2016 Nomination for the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award, the Drop of Blood, for Trap
2018 Longlisted for a CWA International Dagger for Snare
2018 Longlisted for Prix du Meilleur Polar at Points for Snare (Piégée)
2018 Icelandic Crime Fiction Award, the Drop of Blood, for Cage

Languages and rights:

The rights to Lilja´s books have been sold to France/Switzerland/Luxembourg/Canada
(Éditions Métailié); Norway (Font); Czech Republic (Leda); Denmark (People´s Press), Poland (Kobiece) and World English (Orenda Books)

Film rights to the Reykjavík Noir Trilogy (Snare, Trap and Cage) have been sold to 66 Degrees North/Palomar Pictures.

Appearances and Festivals:


Granite Noir - Aberdeen, Scotland
Orenda Roadshow - Liverpool, Nottingham, Warwick, UK
Crimefest - Bristol, UK
Newcastle Noir - Newcastle, UK
Geneva Bookfair - Geneva, Switzerland
Balham Literary festival - London, UK
Edinburgh bookfair - Edinburgh, Scotland
Bloody Scotland - Stirling, Scotland
Un aller-retour dans le noir - Pau, France
Iceland Noir - Reykjavík, Iceland


Rotorua Noir - Rotorua, New Zealand



Contact Lilja


Email liljawriter@gmail.com for requests for interviews and media. 

Please contact publishers in respective countries for appearances and literary events.


Inquiries on literary and film rights should be directed to Forlagið Rights Managers:
Úa Matthíasdóttir - ua@forlagid.is
Valgerður Benediktsdóttir - vala@forlagid.is

Tel: +354 575 5600