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Patrik Lundberg (1983) is an award-winning journalist and author who lives in Stockholm. For his investigative journalism he has received numerous awards including The Swedish Grand Prize for Journalism and the Golden Shovel from the Swedish Association of Investigative Journalism.

Lundberg made his literary debut in 2013 with the praised YA novel Yellow on the Outside, an honest story about the author’s own background as an adopted boy from South Korea. In 2020, Butterfly Road was published, marking as Lundberg’s first novel for adults. The book was loved by readers and critics alike, and is a loving but also heartbreaking portrait of a woman’s life at the fringes of the Swedish society.

Since 2020, Patrik Lundberg has been working as a reporter and columnist at Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest daily morning newspaper.


“A portrait which strikes against the class society. […] Without a contestable and bright son, Birgitta Lundberg’s fate would still be unsung.”
Aftonbladet (SE)

“Lundberg excels in writing both personally and politically at once.”
Göteborgs-Posten (SE)

“Lundberg’s prose to the mother hits hard.”
Svenska Dagbladet (SE)

[…] a beautifully knitted story about a mother.”
Expressen (SE)

“The text is raw and striking.”
Sydsvenskan (SE)

“One of this autumn’s most important books.”
Smålandsposten (SE)

Butterfly Road is a primal, revealing page turner about class society, a slap which is delivered so politely and gracefully that one almost does not notice that the author is fighting.”
Blekinge Läns Tidning (SE)

[…] a warm, personal and tender letter from a son to a mother, and a sharp analysis of the society that killed her.”
Värmlands Dagblad (SE)

“A story that pierces one’s heart.”
Norrtelje Tidning (SE)

“An equally beautiful and important book about creating dreams and managing to hold on to the opportunity of affecting one’s life, even while being slowly weighed down.”
Nöjesguiden (SE)

“Patrik Lundberg can truly write. […] has an ability to turn the spotlight toward details, which in turn tell a bigger story of Sweden’s evolution from social people’s movement to a neoliberal welfare state.”


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2021 – Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan’s Author Prize for Butterfly Road

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