Jenny Jägerfeld & Mats Strandberg

Icons of horror literature at the psychologist

Monsters in Therapy

Monsters in Therapy

Rights and awards


Switzerland: Bangebukse (theatre)

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Awards and nominations Mats Strandberg
2020 – The End – The Storytel Awards
2020 – The End – IBBY Honour List
2012 – Fire – Book Jury Prize
2012 – Fire – Great Reader’s Prize
2011 – The Circle – Book Blogger’s Literary Prize
2011 – The Circle – Book Jury Prize
2011 – The Circle – Great Reader’s Prize
2012 – The Circle – Icelandic Book Seller’s Award
2009 – Half Lives – Book of the Year, QX

Awards and nominations Jenny Jägerfeld
2021 – Shortlisted for the Swedish Radio’s Children Book Award
2020 – Best children’s book, Swedish Radio’s Children Book Award
2020 – The Expressen Heffaklumpen Prize
2019 – Best children’s book, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre Book Award
2019 – The Broocman Prize
2019 – Shortlisted by IBBY Estonia for the Tower of Babel Award for translated children’s literature
2019 – Shortlisted for the August Prize
2018 – Shortlisted for The Nils Holgersson Plaque
2018 – Best children’s book, Swedish Radio’s Children Book Award
2018 – Shortlisted for the August Prize
2017 – Astrid Lindgren Prize
2014 – LAVA Prize
2010 – August Prize
2010 – Great Reader’s Prize

They have known each other for many years, and always wanted to find the right project to work on together. The idea for MONSTERS IN THERAPY came after watching a theatre adaptation of Frankenstein.

“Afterwards, we started joking about how the story could have ended so differently if only Victor, Elizabeth and the Monster had gone to therapy”, Jenny says.
“It was so obviously a story about a man who leaves his fiancé at home to take care of the household, while he’s off working on his career and – ooops – creates another life while he’s gone”, Mats says. “He doesn’t have the guts to tell her what he did. It was a family drama, where the ’bastard child’ was also very vocal.”
“We just looked at each other and knew”, Jenny says.

Jenny Jägerfeld Jenny Jägerfeld, author and psychologist, has recieved both the August Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Award for her literary, warm and funny books for children and teenagers.

Mats Strandberg is one of Sweden’s most prominent horror and fantasy writers, and has always been praised for his multilayered characters.


2020 – Monsters in Therapy (Monster i terapi), novel

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