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Bestselling Danish novelist, Jussi Adler-Olsen reveals his formula for creating a book impossible to put down. His unusual childhood, growing up with his psychiatrist father in various mental institutions, gave him fodder for his books. 

Johan Gabrielsson
Presented by
Johan Gabrielsson
Published on
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 15:18
File size
28 min 50 sec

We also meet Anne Mette Hancock whose debut novel, The Corpse Flower, is described as a new type of internationally flavored Nordic Noir.  And Lone Theils, whose book The Fatal Crossing offers yet another twist on the genre, inspired by her love for Agatha Christie.


Jussi Adler-Olsen worked as a printer, composer, bookseller, journalist and publisher before he wrote his first book in 1997. His popular cold case series, Department Q have been adapted for the screen. Among numerous awards, Olsen is three times winner of Most Popular Danish Writer and three times  Der Leserpreis Die Besten Bucher

Anne Mette Hancock lived for many years in the US and France and has since worked as a journalist for one of Denmark's largest newspapers Berlingske. She is inspired by American thriller novelists such as Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben and John Grisham. Her first book The Corpse Flower  (Prometheus) was published in 2017.

Lone Theils worked for 20 years as UK correspondent for Danish newspaper and television. She covered conflicts in Northern Ireland and Kosovo. In 2016 she moved back to Denmark to become a full time author. Her first book The Fatal Crossing (Echo Publishing) was inspired by the true story of an American serial killer


This episode's featured book readings are of ’s Anne Mette Hancock ‘s book  The Corpse Flower  (Prometheus 2017) and The Fatal Crossing by Lone Theils  (Echo Publishing 2017)

The readers were Camilla Hannan and Belinda Hoare

Producer: Johan Gabrielsson

Sound Engineer: Vlad Ladgman