Maria Ernestam is known as one of Sweden’s most skilled and multi faceted authors. She has a very loyal readership in her homeland Sweden as well as abroad. Maria has written novels and short stories and has contributed to several Swedish and international anthologies.

Maria Ernestam is very much appreciated for her stilistic care and for her well composed intrigues. She speaks four languages herself and is especially celebrated in Germany and France, where she has been awarded several prizes. Maria is married, has two adult children and lives in Stockholm. She writes in The Old Town of Stockholm or in her summerplace in Frillesås, on the Swedish westcoast.


Awards & nominations

  • Silver paperback for Buster’s Ears, 25 000 ex sold during first year of release.
  • Gold paperback for Always With You, 50 000 ex sold during first year of release.
  • Three French book awards, the booksellers’ price Prix Page des Libraires for Buster’s Ears and Prix La Passerelle and Prix de l’Armitière for the same book.
  • Prize for best translation to French, fiction, for Buster’s Ears, awarded at Lire en Poche in Gradignan. Translator Esther Sermage.
  • Nomination for Prix Littéraire Cezan Inter-CE for Always With You.
  • Nomination for Stora Läsarpriset, The Great Readers’ Prize, at for Always With You.
  • Nomination for Le Prix des lecteurs du festival Littératures Européennes for The Scarred Pianist.

Press pictures

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Photograph: Richard Ryan,

Book covers



  • Bokförlaget Forum
  • LB Förlag
  • Bonnier Audio
  • Månpocket


  • Gaïa Éditions
  • Babel Actes Sud


  • Bertelsmann / Random House


  • People’s Press
  • Palatium Books


  • Salka förlag


  • Latvijas Mediji


  • De Geus


  • Perleblekk


  • Kobiece Publishing House
  • Wydawnictwo Poznańskie


  • Sun Color


  • Ast Publishing Group