Sigrún Pálsdóttir

Sigrún Pálsdóttir is an Icelandic writer and historian. She completed a PhD in the History of Ideas at the University of Oxford in 2001, after which she was a research fellow at the University of Iceland. She was the editor of Saga, the principal peer-reviewed journal for Icelandic history, from 2008 to 2016. She first came to prominence as an author of historical biographies, including the 19th century biography Þóra biskups (Thora. A Bishop’s Daughter, 2010) and Sigrún og Friðgeir (Uncertain Seas, 2013), and has since published three novels. Pálsdóttir’s work has been nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize, the Icelandic Women’s Literature Prize, the Hagþenkir Non-fiction Prize and the DV Culture Prize. Sigrún og Friðgeir won the Icelandic Booksellers’ Prize in 2013, and her second novel Delluferðin (forthcoming in English under the title Embroidery) was awarded the European Union Prize for Fiction 2021. First published as Kompa in 2016, History. A Mess. is her debut novel and is the first to be translated into English.