Elin Boardy (Gothenburg, Sweden, 1979) lives in Gothenburg with her husband and two kids, and works as a librarian alongside her writing.
With a keen eye for details and historical environments, Boardy’s novels radiate authenticity. Characters and historical periods come to life in a language that is exact, beautiful and careful, creating unforgettable novels. In a very personal and unique way, the Swedish award-winning author gives women from the past a voice and depicts them so that they appear both real and modern at the same time.
Her novel The Story of Mary Jones won the annual literary prize awarded by the Swedish magazine Tidningen Viin 2014, with the eminent judges clearly being carried away by the novel:
‘With great humor, boldness and perfect pitch, Elin Boardy hijacks the traditional adventure yarn and gives us dockside taverns and treasure hunts seen from the lowly kitchen maid’s perspective. In The Story of Mary Jones, we find Treasure Island reincarnated as a sensual tale of sisterhood, solidarity, betrayal and unexpected love.’
This gifted storyteller is not the first Swedish writer to succumb to the lure of Treasure Island. Boardy was inspired by Björn Larsson’s novel Long John Silver (Norstedts, 1995) published in English by Harvill in 1999.
Elin Boardy’s debut novel, All That Remains (Wahlström & Widstrand, 2008), is a family saga set on Sweden’s west coast in the early 1800s, and has strong connections with the author’s own family history. It received considerable critical attention and was nominated for the prestigious BoråsTidnings' Debut Award. Her second novel,Towards the Light (Wahlström & Widstrand 2011), is a portrait of a young Swedish woman in Malaya in the 1940s.
In her latest novel, Not Yet the Time (Wahlström & Widstrand, 2017), the author returns with a beautiful and distinctive historical narrative, this time set in Medieval Europe.
Boardy is wriitng on her next novel, set in 1920's Berlin.
Read more at www.elin.boardy.se