Henning Mankell has become a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prizewinning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries are currently dominating bestseller lists all over the globe, selling more than 30 million copies world-wide. His books have been translated into over 40 languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations He is the first winner of the Ripper Award (the new European prize for crime fiction) and has also received the Glass Key and Golden Dagger awards. His Kurt Wallander mysteries were adapted into a PBS television series starring Kenneth Branagh.
Mr. Mankell divides his time between Sweden and Mozambique and devotes much of his free time to working with AIDS charities in Africa, where he is Director of the Teatro Avenida in Mozambique, including a project called Memory Books, which helps parents dying of AIDS to record something of themselves in a book, to be passed to their children when they go.