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Lilja Sigurðardóttir





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, 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 Longlisted for Edinburgh International Book Festival´s First Book Awards
2018 Icelandic Crime Fiction Award, the Drop of Blood, for Cage (Iceland´s contribution to the Glass Key, Nordic Crime Fiction Awards)

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 in 2019

Rotorua Noir - Rotorua, New Zealand - January

Orenda Roadshow: Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Hungerford - UK - March

Aye Write! - Glasgow, Scotland - March

Quais du Polar - Lyon, France - March

Krimimessen - Horsens, Denmark - April

Newcastle Noir - Newcastle, UK - May

Launch of the Queer Riveter - London, UK - June

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival - Harrogate, UK - July

Bute Noir - Bute, Scotland - August

Edinburgh International Book Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland - August

Lisle Noir - Lisle-sur-Tarn, France - September

Morecambe & Vice - Morecambe, UK - September

Tidelines Festival - Irvine, Scotland - September

Nuit blanche du noir - Mons, Belgium - November



Contact Lilja


Email 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 Manager:
Valgerður Benediktsdóttir -

Tel: +354 575 5600