Henning Mankell was born on 3 February, 1948 in Stockholm and died on 5 October, 2015 in Stockholm from cancer. He is best known for the Kurt Wallander series that ran from 1991 to 2009.
These crime thrillers inspired a hit Swedish TV show and a BBC adaptation starring Kenneth Branagh. Mankell’s books have been adapted into 40 different languages and he was a political activist. He was also very generous to charities, especially in Africa – where he sometimes lived.