Author(s): Linda Olsson
A stunning first novel by a new writer which will be enjoyed by followers of literary New Zealand fiction. This is a beautifully crafted novel using spare but evocative language. The story is European with a New Zealand connection. Linda Olsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and completed the University of Auckland writing course under Witi Ihimaera and Stephanie Johnson in 2004. In 2003 she won the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition.
Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 2006.
Linda Olsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1948. She graduated from the University of Stockholm with a law degree, and worked in law and finance until she left Sweden in 1986. What was intended as a three-year posting to Kenya then became a meandering tour of the world with stops in Singapore, the UK and Japan, until she settled in New Zealand with her family. Linda's first novel Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs was published in New Zealand in 2005 and became an international success, selling hundreds of thousands of copies in Scandinavia, Europe and the United States. It was followed by the heart-breaking and moving Sonata for Miriam, also a bestseller in Scandinavia.