Norwegian author Anne Karin Elstad, whose popular Innhaug novels made her a well-known name in her home country, has died at the age of 74. She reportedly suffered a stroke.
Born in Valsøyfjord in the far north of Norway, as a child Anne Karin Elstad cared for her sick mother and had to look after the house after her mother died. She became a teacher but in 1976 her first novel was published. Folket på Innhaug was a historical novel about life in Innhaug, and three further novels followed in the same series.
She suffered a stroke in the 80s and had to learn to walk again. The stroke also left her unable to write for a number of years. In 1993 she published the first volume in another series, titled simply Julie. This was another hit, and confirmed her as one of the country’s leading voices on the subject of women’s lives at the intersection between traditional and modernity.