She began her career as a journalist, working for a number of weekly magazines as well as Göteborgs-Tidningen and Svenska Dagbladet.
After a turbulent period in her life she made the switch to fiction, debuting as an author in 1980. She went on to write fifteen novels.
“She had the ability to get very close to her readers,” said Bengt Nordin, her agent and long-time friend.
“She received an awful lot of letters from readers all over the world. They saw themselves in her work. She understood what they were feeling and thinking,” he added.
Marianne Fredriksson passed away suddenly at her home in Österskär north of Stockholm on Sunday.