Ragnar Jónasson in conversation with Ian Rankin

To celebrate the launch of Winterkill, Ragnar Jónasson will be in conversation with Ian Rankin


Tuesday 8th December, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

  • Book Launch
  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Online event
  • Reading


About the Event

Orenda Books is delighted to announce an unforgettable night of international crime fiction – Iceland Noir meets Tartan Noir – to celebrate the launch of Ragnar Jónasson’s Winterkill, the next instalment in the multi-million-copy bestselling Dark Iceland series, translated from the French edition by David Warriner.

Ragnar Jónasson will be chatting to the one and only Ian Rankin, whose Song for the Dark Times is currently topping bestseller lists in the run-up to Christmas! The evening will be expertly chaired by Dr Jacky Collins … Dr Noir!

This event is free to attend, however we do encourage you to support the author in any way you can and Winterkill is available to order online now. Signed copies are available EXCLUSIVELY from our partner bookshop, Goldsboro Books.

To register, email cole@orendabooks.co.uk. You will receive a confirmation email once you register, and on the day of the event itself will be sent details for attendance. Please ensure you have downloaded Zoom. We will be taking questions on the day of the event via the chat function.

Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series, which has sold over 1.5 million books worldwide and is published in over thirty countries. His debut, Snowblind, went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after publication, and Nightblind (which also won the Mörda Dead Good Reader Award at Harrogate), Blackout, Rupture and Whiteout soon followed suit, hitting the number one spot around the world. Ragnar’s Hulda series has recently been optioned for the screen by CBS and has topped bestseller lists around the world. Ragnar was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he continues to work as a lawyer, and is co-founder of the Reykjavík international crime-writing festival, Iceland Noir. From the age of seventeen, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and still lives in Reykjavík, with his wife and young daughters.

Ian Rankin is the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller of over thirty novels and creator of John Rebus. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have been adapted for radio, the stage and the screen. Rankin is the recipient of four Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards, including the Diamond Dagger, the UK’s most prestigious award for crime fiction. In the United States, he has won the celebrated Edgar Award and been shortlisted for the Anthony Award. In Europe, he has won Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the German Deutscher Krimipreis. He is the recipient of honorary degrees from universities across the UK, is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature, and has received an OBE for his services to literature. 

Dr Jacky Collins, formerly Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University in Literature, Film & TV and Spanish Language & Culture, currently based at Stirling University, is also known as Dr Noir. In 2014 Jacky established the International Crime Fiction Festival that is Newcastle Noir. More recently, she has been venturing into local radio, co-hosting a fortnightly crime fiction programme on SpiceFM, hosting on-line literary events with the Honey & Stag events team, and is part of the Corylus Books team, a new indie publisher of crime fiction in translation: from Romania, Iceland and beyond


‘The engaging Ari Thór returns in this darkly claustrophobic tale. Perfect mid-winter reading’ Ann Cleeves
‘A world-class crime writer’ Sunday Times
‘Jónasson is an automatic must-read for me … possibly the best Scandi writer working today’ Lee Child
‘Winterkill is a stunningly atmospheric story. Ari Thór Arason returns in this pitch-perfect, beautifully paced crime novel set in the blizzards of Icelandic springtime. Chilling and addictive. Ragnar Jónasson is at the top of his game. A master of the genre’ Will Dean

A Song for the Dark Times
'He’s gone…’

When his daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it’s not good news. Her husband has been missing for two days.

Rebus fears the worst – and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daughter will be the prime suspect.

He wasn’t the best father – the job always came first – but now his daughter needs him more than ever. But is he going as a father or a detective?

As he leaves at dawn to drive to the windswept coast – and a small town with big secrets – he wonders whether this might be the first time in his life where the truth is the one thing he doesn’t want to find…

‘Genius … Only great novels capture the spirit of the age. This is one of them’ The Times
‘This is Rankin at his best, Rebus at his best, storytelling that meets the moment and transcends all genres and expectations.’ Michael Connelly

In association with the Icelandic Embassy, London.

About the Book


Ragnar Jonasson, David Warriner

Publisher:Orenda Books

Publication date:10 Dec 2020