The internationally renowned author spoke openly about being diagnosed with cancer in a series of columns for the Guardian last year, and in his book: Quicksand: What it means to be a Human Being.

Mankell was a leading figure in the “Nordic Noir” genre and his novels have sold over 40 million copies worldwide and been translated into more than 40 languages.

He was best known for his series featuring Swedish police detective Kurt Wallander, written between 1991 and 2009. By 2010 the books were so popular that the BBC created two television series, starring Kenneth Branagh as the gloomy, soul-searching detective.

His Nordic contemporaries have paid tribute, with Jo Nesbø praising him as “one of the most important pioneers of Scandinavian crime literature, if not the most important of all” whilst Yrsa Sigurdardottir said that “his mastery lay in being able to combine compelling characters, intriguing crimes and matters of social injustice.”

You can go back to the start of Wallander with The Troubled Man, read by Seán Barrett, or why not try one of Mankell’s standalone novels, such as An Event in Autumn?