Jakob Ejersbo was born in Aalborg in 1968. He trained as a journalist, and his breakthrough came with the 2002 novel Northern Powers, which won the Golden Bay prize in 2003. He died in 2008 at the age of forty, after a ten-month battle with cancer.
Mette Petersen lives in Kgs Lyngby in Denmark, where she works for a literary agency and as a translator. Previous translations include My Friend Jesus Christ by Lars Husum.
'There is more to contemporary Scandinavian fiction than thrillers ... a hardcore version of an American high school rom-com, with drug-fuelled orgies replacing drugstores and the Prom' Michael Arditti, Daily Mail. — Daily Mail
'Seldom has anyone written anything so insistent and impassioned, so glowing hot and ice-cold, so heartfelt and so cynical' Klaus Rothstein, Danish Literary Magazine. — Danish Literary Magazine
'This fine epic of loneliness and alienation in a beautiful land that seems to be sinking shows that he was a writer of huge talent' Kate Sunders, The Times. — The Times
'Exile offers a shocking insight into the state of Africa in the 1980's and the failure of Europeans to save it, or themselves, from the downward spiral' The Skinny. — Skinny
'The first part of a powerful trilogy' Charlotte Vowden, Daily Express. — Daily Express