About Ane Riel

Author Ane Riel

A quirky and original voice

Ane Riel is the author of four fiction novels. Her work is being published in 31 languages and she has won 7 literary awards (been nominated for 13).

Riel is often described as a new, exciting voice with a refreshingly quirky and original take on language and narrative. She likes to deal 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

A surprising twist certainly can be found in her latest novel CLOCKWORK  (June, 2021), a story about an old lady living alone with an antique grandfather’s clock and the memories of a marriage that didn’t end quite as it was supposed to. The title has so far been sold to France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and Finland.

After having published a handful of educational books for children Ane Riel debuted as a novelist in 2013 – on her 42nd birthday – with THE BUTCHER OF LISELEJE. This humorous and grotesque tale of a small Danish village won a debut award in Denmark and was soon sold to Germany and Norway.

However, Riel’s popular literary breakthrough came with her second novel RESIN (2015), a psychological drama about the little daughter of a compulsive hoarder. It was enthusiastically received by Danish critics and is currently enjoying praise internationally. In 2019 it was adapted into a feature film.
RESIN has been/is being published in 31 countries, among these are UK, China, Spain and France (Résine). Also, the novel has won several national and international awards, including the Glass Key in 2016, claiming its spot as that year’s best Nordic thriller. Scroll down to read more about the awards.

About Ane Riel

It goes for both RESIN and THE BUTCHER OF LISELEJE that they were written and published as works of literary fiction, and yet they were also welcomed into the crime genre – maybe because of their main characters’ somewhat open relationship with the law.
And so, in some countries RESIN has been presented as a thriller or crime novel. Ane Riel herself, like her Danish publishers, does not regard it as such, though, but purely as a work of literary fiction. 

BEAST, Ane Riel’s third literary novel – and this time there should be no doubt – is an epic story inspired by a true case of an unusually strong baby and also with references to John Steinbeck’s work. The story is taking place in a rural setting somewhere in southern Europe. BEAST came out in Denmark in the Fall of 2019 and has been sold to several countries including Italy, Sweden, Germany and The Netherlands.

With CLOCKWORK Ane Riel returns to a setting of a tiny village in Denmark and a story involving only a very few people – unless you regard old clocks as people too. More about the new book HERE.

“A time bomb of a novel. Riel masters the literary wheel like a Swiss watchmaker.” –  KNACK Magazine, Belgium

“With CLOCKWORK Ane Riel has written yet another masterpiece. To say the least.” –  Bogrummet, Denmark

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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)

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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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