Sigrún Pálsdóttir completed a Ph.D in the History of Ideas at the University of Oxford in 2001, after which she was a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Iceland. Since 2007, she has worked freelance, as the editor of Saga, the principal peer-reviewed journal for Icelandic history. Her previous titles include the historical biography Þóra biskups (Thora. A Bishop’s Daughter) and Ferðasaga (Uncertain Seas), a story of a young couple and their three children that were killed when sailing from New York to Iceland aboard a ship torpedoed by a German submarine in 1944. Her first novel, and the most recent work, is Kompa (That Little Dark Room).
Sigrún’s work have been nominated for The Icelandic Literary Prize, Icelandic Women’s Literature Prize, The Hagþenkir Nonfiction Prize and The DV Culture Prize. Her book Ferðasaga was chosen the best biography in 2013 by booksellers in Iceland.