Peter Englund is Sweden’s most prominent narrator of modern history. His bestselling books have been raved by celebrated authors in his genre, including Antony Beevor and Simon Sebag Montefiore.
The story of Peter Englund’s success is a fascinating one. Born in 1957 into a lower middle class family; his father a local low-wage worker and his mother a house wife, he grew up in a small military town in the northern, barren part of Sweden and had no intentions to write. But holding an unexceptional interest for history, Peter Englund came to study history at the University of Uppsala. He graduated in 1989 with a PhD, just about the same time he made an astonishing success with his début Poltava in 1988, which sold almost 250 000 copies in Sweden alone. It was recognized as the definitive work on the subject, and an international classic of the genre. Since then, Peter Englund has published a range of bestselling narrative non-fiction hailed by the critics and nominated and awarded with major prestigious prizes, including the August Prize, Albert Bonnier’s literary prize, De Nio’s Prize, and the Selma Lagerlöf’s Literary Prize.
In 2002, Peter Englund was elected to the Swedish Academy (who awards the the Nobel Prize in Literature). In December 20th 2008, Peter Englund was appointed the new Permanent Secretary of Swedish Academy. He held the position until June 2015.