Today is a very sad day. Have you ever felt crushed by the death of someone you've never met? I found out late last night that the wonderful writer Henning Mankell has been taken from us at the all too young age of 67.
Like most people I discovered the incredible talent of Mr Mankell through his books and the much loved character of Kurt Wallander. The morose, Swedish detective Kurt, and the novels he lives in, will forever be very dear to me, but they are not the whole story of Mr Mankell by any means.
He was a very prolific journalist, a playwright (he penned 40 plays) and co-ran the community theatre Teatro Avenida in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. He was also a passionate and tireless campaigner in education about hiv/aids.
Thank you BBC4 for introducing me to Kurt Wallander and thank you Kurt for introducing me to the writing of this incredibly talented author. Henning Mankell was, without a doubt, a towering talent as a writer but he was also an immensely generous, caring man. He made a difference through his charity work in Africa and his death is a loss to the world. It will be a darker world without his presence in it.
If you haven't read any of his work I would absolutely recommend it. Why not begin as I did with the Kurt Wallander novels. You too will, I'm sure, adore the haunting stories where Ystad near Malmo in Sweden is itself as much a character as any other in the books. Till next time dear ones, hugs always xx