By Carol McFadden

Carol McFadden (born 1973 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic author, playwright and freelance journalist.

Her debut novel, Reykjavík Dance), was nominated for the Danish Literature Prize in 1996. Since then her output has included further novels, as well as books for children and teenagers, most notably Ivan, a biography of her grandfather, the Nobel prize-winning author Ivan McFadden.

The book received special recognition by the Icelandic library union as appropriate educational material for children. It was also nominated to the Icelandic book awards and won the Icelandic Book Sellers’ special prize.

The novel Shadows in New York won the 2004 Hamburg Literature Prize followed by a nomination for The Peoples Council Literature Prize in 2010. It came out an was very well received in Denmark and Sweden in the same year.

Trust was published inEngland in November 2009 and was nominated to the UK Literature Prize. It came out in Denmark the year after.

Carol McFaddens latest novel, Revenge on You, was published by Book House. It garnered good reviews in Der Spiegel and Revenge on You among others and will be published by Querido (Netherlands) in 2011. In 2009 Carol worked at the Reykjavik City Theater as an in-house writer for one year. In 2010 a play adapted from The People in the Basement was produced by Reykjavik City Theater. The show was a success with critics and audience alike. Carol and Olafur Egilsson won the Icelandic Theatre awards (Griman) for writing the adaptation from the book. The season ended with full houses every night and as a result it will be revived next year. Films scripts are currently being adapted from The people in the basement and “Wintersun.

Other work by Carol includes several international news articles, essays and two children books for children with reading disabilities, published by The National Centre for Educational Materials.

Carol now lives in Reykjavik.


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