Harvill Secker has announced a publication date of 4 February 2016 for Quicksand, a fascinating memoir-of-sorts from the late legendary writer and human rights campaigner Henning Mankell, who died on 5 October this year. Quicksand is a new collection of thought-provoking and fascinating short essays. It was inspired in part by Mankell’s diagnosis and treatment for cancer, and it covers this alongside topics as varied as art, jealousy, Ice Ages past and present, and the future of our planet. ‘In January 2014 I was informed that I had cancer. However, Quicksand is not a book about death and destruction, but about what it means to be human. I have undertaken a journey from my childhood to the man I am today, writing about the key events in my life, and about the people who have given me new perspectives. About men and women I have never met, but wish I had. I write about love and jealousy, about courage and fear. And about what it is like to live with a potentially fatal illness.’
Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) became a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prize-winning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries continue to dominate bestseller lists all over the globe and his books have been translated into forty-five languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations: most recently the BAFTA-award-winning BBC television series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh.
Driven by a desire to change the world and to fight against racism and nationalism, Mankell devoted much of his time to working with charities in Africa, including SOS Children’s Villages and PLAN International, where he was also director of Teatro Avenida in Maputo.
Laurie Thompson, translator. After retiring from teaching modern languages at universities in Sweden and Wales, Laurie Thompson (1938 – 2015) continued working as a freelance translator of Swedish literature. A founding member of SELTA (Swedish-English Literary Translators’ Association), he also edited the journal Swedish Book Review from 1983 to 2002. In addition to his academic publications, he published around sixty translations, including books by Henning Mankell, Håkan Nesser, Stig Dagerman and Mikael Niemi. Quicksand was his last translatio