press and awards

“I hope this book will be translated into English: eugenicists were real people, living in the real world with real problems. It is vital to know this rather than exoticising them.”

 Marius Turda, historian at Oxford Brookes University in BBC History Magazine, April 2016      bbchistory-magazine-april-2016



The Swedish Academy. Axel Hirsch Prize for a biography of high artistic and culture-historical value and a significant historical work                                    WINNER 2016


August Prize                                                                                               SHORTLIST 2015


Swedish press reviews

 One is struck by a biography that sweeps the dust off history. Expressen

A penetrating, deeply fascinating portrait. Svenska Dagbladet

A book to make you happy – an exciting work that brings facts to life, written in beautiful, concise, gentle language. Pure enjoyment. Tara

Powerfully related, and the most important book this year. Arbetet.