About Ane Riel

Author Ane Riel

A quirky and original voice

Ane Riel is the author of three fiction novels and a handful of school books. Her fourth novel will be published on June 3rd 2021.

It goes for all Riel’s novels that they were written and published in Denmark as literary novels. However, the first two share a peculiarity in that they were also welcomed into the crime genre – maybe because of their main characters’ somewhat open relationship with the law.

Like her publishers, Ane Riel does not regard any of her books as crime novels nor thrillers, though, but purely as works of literary fiction.

She debuted as a novelist with THE BUTCHER OF LISELEJE (2013) that won a debut award in Denmark and was sold to Germany and Norway.

Her popular literary breakthrough came with her second novel RESIN (2015), which was enthusiastically received by Danish critics and is currently enjoying praise internationally. It has been sold to 26 countries and also been adapted into a feature film in 2019.

Also, RESIN has won several national and international awards, including the Glass Key in 2016, claiming its spot as that year’s best Nordic thriller (!). Go HERE to read more about the awards.

Ane Riel’s third literary novel, BEAST – an epic story with references to John Steinbeck’s work – came out in Denmark in the Fall of 2019. This one too has been sold to several countries including Italy, Germany and The Netherlands.

In June 2021 CLOCKWORK will be published in Denmark. This one, too, is a literary novel (very far from the crime genre),  Info on this will follow soon.

To read reviews, find press material and get more info on the books please choose from the English menu in the side/top panel.

About Ane Riel

Ane Riel is often described as a new, exciting voice with a refreshingly quirky and original take on language and narrative. She often deals with the tortured or conflicted mind and enjoys pushing the plot to its sickest, darkest, even most grotesque limits. And yet the story never becomes unequivocally bleak or depressing since its characters and their actions are depicted with a (perhaps worrying) degree of understanding, compassion and often, humour.

A fascination with contrasts and differ from the norm is a defining characteristic of Riel’s authorship. The same can be said of small, surprising twists that take the plot in unexpected directions

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  • The Glass Key / Best Nordic suspense novel 2016
  • The Harald Mogensen Award / Best Danish suspense novel 2016
  • Den Gyllene Kofoten / Best suspence novel translated into Swedish 2017
  • The Golden Bullet / Best suspense novel translated into Norwegian 2017
  • The ThrillZone Award (The Jury Prize) / Best thriller translated into Dutch 2019
  • Finalist for The Danish Broadcasting Company’s Best Novel Award 2016
  • Shortlisted for The Petrona Award 2018 / Best Scandinavian suspense novel coming out in the UK
  • Nominated for The Readers’ Best Novel Award 2016
  • Nominated for The International Dublin Literary Award 2020


  • Nominated for the Martha Award 2020 aka The Readers’ Favourite Author Award
  • Nominated for the ThrillZone Award 2020 (The Netherlands)


  • Best crime novel debut 2014

For the authorship

  • The Niels Matthiasen’s Memorial Award 2016 (cultural award)

Please go to the PRESS SECTION for bio (short and extended) and press photos for free download.

Ane Riel with the book Resin

The Niels Matthiasen’s Memorial Award 2016

Danish Culture Prize

In 2016 Ane Riel was awarded with the prestigious Danish culture prize ‘The Niels Matthiasens Memorial Award’ (Niels Matthiasens Mindelegat) for her authorship so far. The prize ceremony took place in the Ministry of Culture in Copenhagen.

“Ane Riel has manifested herself as an author of unique talent, extraordinary courage and a rare imagination. Along with her command of the subtleties of language, she has positioned herself at the forefront of her genre in record time. She is clearly not a “one hit wonder”. With an imagination bordering on the grotesque and her exceptional writing style, she has forged a universe entirely of her own making.’’

– from the jury of the Grant in Memorial of Niels Matthiasen

The list of previous award recipients includes national icons like musicians Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Palle Mikkelborg and Michala Petri, actress Ghita Nørby, writer Benny Andersen, film director Thomas Vinterberg and architect Jørn Utzon.

Ane Riel awarded with The Niels Matthiasen's Memorial Award 2016

Composer Maria Frank, author Ane Riel, actress Lisbet Dahl

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