Håkan Nesser

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Håkan Nesser

Håkan Nesser, one of Sweden's most popular writers, divides his time between Gotland and London, but has also spent time living in New York. His first novel was published in 1988, but he worked as a teacher until 1998 when he became a full-time author. He has received numerous awards for his novels featuring Inspector Van Veeteren, including the European Crime Fiction Star Award (Ripper Award) 2010/11, the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Prize (three times) and Scandinavia's Glass Key Award. His latest book, The Strangler's Honeymoon, is published by Mantle


Interviewed 01 November 2013

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Learning, learning, learning, teaching, reading, teaching, reading, writing, reading, writing.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Two candles, two hands, a computer, three pencils, the sky.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Crayfish. Seven minutes to lay the table, one to get the bastards out from the fridge.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Meryl Streep. Winston Churchill. Greta Garbo. Helen of Troy. Jesus of Nazareth. Nelson Mandela. My father.

Six things you can't live without ...

My wife. Our four kids. My dog.

Five favourite words ...

It was a rainy night.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Serengeti. New York. Sydney. Exmoor. Gotland.

Three books you've bought recently ...

1913 – Florian Illies.
Aunt Julia and the Author – Mario Vargas Llosa.
Lonely Planet Guide to New Zealand.

Two things that make you rant ...

Fundamentalism. Guantanamo.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Stay there.