Olsson, Linda

Olsson, Linda



In Brief

Linda Olsson is a fiction writer. Let me sing you gentle songs was released in 2003 to critical acclaim, and it was the first time Penguin published a best-selling first novel. Let me sing you gentle songs has been published in a range of countries, including Sweden, the USA, the UK, Holland and Italy. In 2003 Olsson also won the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition. Her second novel, Sonata for Miriam (The consequence of silence), appeared in 2009, and it has also been published internationally.


Olsson, Linda (1948 – ) was born and educated in Sweden, later completing an Honours degree at Auckland University. She has worked in banking and finance, and now runs her own consultancy business.

Let me sing you gentle songs was published in 2003 to critical acclaim. It is the first time Penguin has published a best-selling first novel. Following a young woman who strikes up an unlikely friendship with her elderly neighbour, the novel slowly reveals their personal stories of grief and loss. Reviewing the novel in the Dominion Post, Philippa Jamieson wrote that ‘Olsson stitches together the details to reveal a larger picture, a tapestry. This is a subtle but powerful novel, tender and poignant, about a deepening friendship that changes the lives of both women.’

Let me sing you gentle songs
has been published in the following countries: China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Finland, Germany, Korea, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA, and Taiwan. It has been released as an audio-book in the USA, UK, Australia and Sweden.

Olsson won the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition in 2003 for Someone to Watch Over Me.

Sonata for Miriam (The consequence of silence) (Penguin, 2009) is Olsson's second novel, published in Sweden, Holland, NZ, Australia, USA, and several other countries around the world. Olsson completed a successful promotion tour in the USA in 2009. Reviewed in The Australian, it was described as a 'skilfully balanced book, a work of considerable literary merit and musical integrity.' (Alan Gold, 20/12/08). Sonata for Miriam is a heartbreaking tale of a man's search for his past, about the exposure of secrets that have been hidden for too long, and about the importance of talking about the most vital and the most painful in life. But more than anything it is a novel about love.

Linda Olsson's novel The Kindness Of Your Nature was published in 2011 by Penguin.

She lives and works in Auckland.


Updated January 2017.