Internationally acclaimed author Henning Mankell has written 11 Kurt Wallander mysteries. The books have been published in 40 countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes (including the UK's Golden Dagger for SIDETRACKED) and generating numerous international film and television adaptations. He has also published many other novels for children, teens and adults. In addition, he is one of Sweden's most popular dramatists.
Born in 1948, Mankell grew up in the Swedish village Sveg. He now divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as a director at Teatro Avenida. He has spent many years in Africa, where a number of his novels are set.